To the outsider, traffic in China is, at best, chaotic and unorganized. Meanwhile, traffic laws, in many cases, appear to be nonexistent– vehicles seem to constantly run red lights, segways and unicycles only add to the chaos, and cars have even taken to the bicycle lanes in order to beat the traffic. Police in Luoyang, however, claim to have found a solution to at least part of the problem, in the form of “anti-red light” barriers in the city center’s bike lanes.
NetEase reports that the barriers, of which there are currently two in the city, are automatic, lowering and rising according to the status of the traffic light at the intersection. The barriers also reportedly use a sensor unit so that they do not continue to lower if there is a risk of injury to pedestrians or cyclists.
Cyclists may not be able to run red lights at these junctions in Luoyang anymore, however they will still be able to make a – very legal in China – right turn at a red light as the barriers do not stretch fully to the sidewalk (a feature that we can’t see being exploited).
By Robert Ridley