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post #1 of 20 Old 08-25-2007, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Stop Light sensors

ANyone have issues with those metallic sensors near the white stop here line? I am always getting dogged, I ran 2 red lights last night and really hate to do it. One of the ones I ran was on a road repair, so I cannot see the other end of the opposing traffic, blind turn. I have waited and waited for upto realisticly....3 minutes minimum. I ahve also help up morning rush traffic at the same light for 8 minutes one morning.
I suppose I could pull up some and let a car behind me trigger it, but few car drivers are aware of the issue, and wonder what the hell is guy pulling up there for. And just what do we do if there is no car behind us?
Its bullshit and bikes are continually getting push to the back of the line when it comes to saftey, car driver education, now the frigging state is pushing these.
Who should I contact besides the DOT to get this state wide issue resolved? My local state rep? AMA? Abate? Its really is B U L L s h i t!

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-25-2007, 07:45 PM
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Have the same problem, I found that stopping with the engine over the lines in the street and then bouncing a little seems to trigger the light to change or it just may be my imagination:???::mrgreen:

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next time it happens try putting your kickstand down. that seems to work really well for me. Or you could say screw it and turn right and then make a u-turn at your earliest convienence.

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Or you could say screw it and turn right and then make a u-turn at your earliest convienence.
sure if your at a single lane stoplight, making a right turn from the left turn lane isn't very brilliant

I just run the light, on the road, I just forget about it, but local, I call DOT, they are pretty responsive to sending someone out to adjust the trip sensor



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I find lowering my centre stand helps even more. More metal to trip the sensor I guess.

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http://www.humantransport.org/bicycl.../detection.htm

doesn't sound like magnets would do much, although the kickstand/centerstand theory sounds plausible.
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Every once in awhile I miss stopping right over the sensor, and have an issue. If there is light or no traffic I'll wait a minute, to make sure that I'm really not getting picked up, then run the light. If there is someone behind me and I find myself getting skipped I'll turn around and make a very obvious "You, come here" gesture with my forefinger. The driver usually catches on quickly.
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These are basically just small magnets with adhesive on them that are supposed to stick to the bottom of your bike, but they tend to fall off. Even if you find a better way to secure them, I don't think they work well.

I experimented with a large 5lb. magnet and could not get it to activate the fixed time cycle at a difficult intersection. I could not seem to find any obvious location of the imbedded wires at this intersection using the magnet. Cars could seem to activate it instantly at this same intersection.

The one thing I have found that works is to drive rather slowly right over where those wires are located, usually right in the center of the road.

This is more easily done, of course, when you can see the imprint of the wires cut out near the intersection as I have sometimes found. The kickstand/lean technique might be helpful also, but whatever you do, you may have to search for the location of that wire(when the wire is being used as the signal of activation, of course).
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Check with your local DOT. We're allowed two light cycles, then we can run the red. Also, I'll second Randy-O's suggestion of calling the local DOT. A group of riders here got the sensitivity of over 20 lights changed in the last couple of years (including the one leaving my subdivision - YAY!)

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