Traffic Light Change Benefits Cyclists
Traffic leaving SLAC now gets a green light prior to traffic turning left from Sand Hill Road into SLAC. As a result, if a cyclist is sensed at the Saga Lane vehicle detector, this cyclist has priority to cross Sand Hill Road over vehicles making left-hand turns. This is to encourage cyclists to use the bicycle-friendly vehicle detector on Saga Lane and cross with the traffic light instead of crossing two lanes of fast-moving traffic.
The practice of making a right-hand turn, making a U-turn, and then using a traffic light to cross a major thoroughfare is a common practice in bicycle-friendly cities throughout the world.
Above image: Sand Hill Road (Click on image for larger version).