If you happen to hop on a bike to explore our local spots (which I think is the best way to see the city), please take care and be alert.
I myself don’t check my phone while cycling and if I do play music, it’s usually in the wee hours when there’s not much traffic around. But I still keep an eye out.
One traffic light you will encounter with an important message is at one of the busiest crossings in town, the Coolsingel/Meent crossing towards Aert van Nesstraat.
This specific traffic light is dedicated to Tommy-Boy Kulkens, a 13-year-old who got hit by a car while he was cycling and checking his phone in August 2015.
Two students from the WdKa, Carlijn Bijsma and Tom Sibma, came up with the idea for the traffic light after hearing about the accident and that Tommy-Boy wanted to become a DJ. They contacted his father, Michael Kulkens, to ask the very personal question if they could use his playlist for their project and he agreed.
When you’re at the crossing and by pressing the button for the green light, the screen will inform you about Tommy-Boy while it starts his playlist. This will hopefully make you aware of your own habits in traffic while enjoying his music. Here’s a video.
Needless to say his father is an advocate against smartphones in traffic. By talking about the accident and about Tommy he hopes to make people more conscious about something so obvious.