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post #1 of 64 Old 04-20-2017, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Traffic Signals Not Changing

I did a search for this topic but didn't find anything. If something has been posted please re-direct me.

My route to work includes turning left onto a divided road. I have no choice but to wait for a car to pull up or go through the red. My DL1000 does not trip lights! Has anyone tried the products sold that are basically big magnets you glue to the bottom of your bike? I have heard some use a stack of 2" washers and it works. I was thinking of a big old speaker magnet if I can find one.

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You don't actually need a magnet, the induction loops are just looking for a mass of metal. My 650 triggers them all the time, but I am in a bike aware city, where people can ride year round.

If you look at the information here, it's likely that the loop is just not sensitive enough to trigger, to avoid "false triggers". I would suggest calling traffic control and having them adjust it. The other is to try not going right over the center of the loop, but go over the left side - it's what our instructors told us to do during my MC training. Perhaps they are attuned to looking for a bike on the left side of the loop - I don't think so, but it is worth a shot.

Aside from that, yeah - temporarily add metal mass to the bike? I wouldn't do it, but I dno't have your frustration.

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First I would call the traffic control number for that particular stop light. There is usually a box near the structure to hold the light that houses the controller and these usually have a phone number and a code to signify that exact light. Call them and tell them you are having problems with the light acknowledging you and that you understand they can adjust that.

Also take a moment to look up your states laws on proceeding through an intersection when that intersection won't give you a green or protected green to legally turn. Most states have a law on the books where if you sit through 2-3 red light cycles and your lane does not get the "green", you may proceed through the intersection if there in no traffic danger.
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One thing you can do with the lights with Loop sensors is to stop on the left line (as mentioned by ommoran) and then hold down your centerstand with your left foot. The metal mass closer to the wires seems to help trip some of the less sensitive sensors.

I routinely contact the municipalities to let them know about reactant sensors. Most around here are pretty good at adjusting things when they hear of issues and want my feedback after it's done.

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You don't actually need a magnet, the induction loops are just looking for a mass of metal. My 650 triggers them all the time, but I am in a bike aware city, where people can ride year round.

If you look at the information here, it's likely that the loop is just not sensitive enough to trigger, to avoid "false triggers". I would suggest calling traffic control and having them adjust it. The other is to try not going right over the center of the loop, but go over the left side - it's what our instructors told us to do during my MC training. Perhaps they are attuned to looking for a bike on the left side of the loop - I don't think so, but it is worth a shot.

Aside from that, yeah - temporarily add metal mass to the bike? I wouldn't do it, but I dno't have your frustration.
In my city I will have more luck calling my grandma to fix the issue than calling traffic control. There are 100's of thousand traffic sensors and I'll bet I can only trip about 50% of them. I'll try the left side of the wire loop.
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I don't know about Arizona but in NC the law says that we have to wait at the light and if it doesn't change in 3 minutes then we can treat it like a stop sign.

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I don't know about Arizona but in NC the law says that we have to wait at the light and if it doesn't change in 3 minutes then we can treat it like a stop sign.

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I heard the same law is true in AZ from another forum. Never knew that!
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just looking for a mass of metal.
not any old metal, it must be a mass of ferrous metal

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One complete light cycle is my limit.

Your motorcycle is a street legal vehicle. If the light won't trigger for whatever reason it's non-op.

Sure you might have to argue with a LEO but if you're reasonable you shouldn't get a ticket.
I mean really what's the alternative sit there until a car shows up or leave you bike sitting by itself while you go push the pedestrian button?

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I give them one light cycle & if I get bypassed I look both ways and run them. It happened several times on my last trip which included a few days of urban riding.
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