COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Columbia County Traffic Engineering has partnered with EMTRAC Systems to launch a new app for motorcycle and bicycle riders to help alleviate traffic congestion on the county’s roads. The county’s Public Relations Manager, Cassidy Harris, said the main goal is to provide safer roadways throughout the county.
According to a press release from the county, when a rider approaches a traffic signal, the app will send a signal to the traffic system, triggering a green light. This comes after the county’s traffic engineering department noticed that the traffic light system was not picking up smaller cars around the signals. Harris explained, “They recognized that, hey, this has been red for so long, but there’s a motorcyclist here.” By using this app, cyclists and riders in smaller vehicles will be picked up by traffic signals, and no longer sit at red lights for prolonged periods of time. Harris said, “So now, if they’re in the zone and they have the app, it’s going to talk to the signal and help to preempt that red to green.”
Columbia County is the first place in the U.S. to release this app to the public. As it is new, Harris urges users to reach out to the traffic engineering department with problems they encounter. You can reach them at 706-868-4223.
The app is easy to use. Simply allow the app to see your location, and hit the start button. It stays on for 30 minutes at a time without being restarted, that way users can ride hands-free, while still triggering the light to change. You can download it on the iTunes App Store or on the Google Play Store.