I didn’t want to resurrect that thread directly, but it’s a good lead-in to the topic at hand.
In the year since, has anyone either spent the $2 for the iPhone app (or Android equivalent), or borrowed Bike-Pgh’s portable speed monitor? I’m curious to know anyone’s experience before I spend money and time to do it myself.
My impetus is further thinking about my experience with the guy on Perrysville a few weeks ago. It would be really cool if I could show local law enforcement that [name your location] had N% of people exceeding the posted speed limit by 5 mph, and M% exceeding it by 10 or more mph.
I just did this. Very quick and dirty test from my window. It clocked 5 cars averaging just over 20 miles per hour. That might be a bit low (2 – 4 mph estimate) but that’s probably more of a function of the numbers that I used to set it up. I want to try this when I can be more precise about the distance setting.
I’ve been thinking about it and it should be possible to determine the speed of passing cars using the microphone on a cellphone, from the Doppler shift of the roadnoise as they pass. That together with your known bicycle speed should work pretty well as an estimate of how fast people are passing you, at least when they do it one at a time. That would work better on a bike than trying to point your cellphone or a radar gun at a passing car.
Hey, those guys are at CMU. I wonder if they have coded a mobile app…
Quoting from the article: “DeFebo describes the program as one which works similarly to an EZ-Pass scan or red-light camera. When a car drives past the camera mounted in the work zone, it will take a snapshot of the car’s registration while clocking its speed. If the car is going faster than 11 miles per hour or more faster than the listed speed limit, a ticket will be mailed to the offender’s address.”
It’s a five-year pilot program, and only on the Turnpike, and only in construction zones, but it’s something. Seems like a long time, but it’s not that long. Five years ago was when we created Flock of Cycles, also when Don Parker got killed; that doesn’t seem that long ago.