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Old 05-24-2010, 05:42 AM   #1
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What to do when your bike doesn't 'trip' the light?

Just missed the light at a T, I was turning left. After a couple of minutes, I tried rolling back and parked right over where the wires should be, nada. I was about to turn right and head up until I could safely make a U-turn, but a housewife in an SUV pulled up behind me. Light changed instantly.

How do you handle it?
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:12 AM   #2
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Do just as you said, make a right turn and then safely make a u turn. Happens to me all of the time.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #3
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Sometimes you can use the kickstand jump down over the sensor - or of they are light sensitive like in FL flashing the high beams from a distance sometimes works....
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #4
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Can't wait all day, check for cops and go when it's green for those next to me.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:14 AM   #5
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:15 AM   #6
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If you're positioned optimally over the sensor wires, push your starter button a few times. That often will do the trick.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:27 AM   #7
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Sometimes you can use the kickstand jump down over the sensor....
Center stand works too. It's a bit more awkward to get to it, but if your front wheel is over the sensor then the center stand will come down right on top of it.

Unless you're at some weird angle of course.

And what Keytickler said. Pushing the starter button while it's running does no harm at all, unlike that piercing grinding sound you get in a car.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:39 AM   #8
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I'll try those tips next time, thx..

Was not safe to make the turn on red - you can't see what's coming down the hill from the right until you are way beyond the stopping point (see diagram - I was sitting at red arrow, you can only see to where the blue line is, and you had to pull way past the "stopping line" into the path of left-turning traffic to see any further) and the traffic coming down the hill was going 50mph+

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:57 AM   #9
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I'd report it as well because if it's happening to you, you can bet it's happening to other riders. Someone is going to get killed at that intersection.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:00 AM   #10
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Funny, that was going to be my next question!
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:02 AM   #11
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Given the circumstances you mention turning right is a good idea.

Up here we legally allowed to go through the red light if it doesn't change, so I'd pull ahead so I can see both ways, then turn left when it's safe.

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:13 AM   #12
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Depends, if there's a car behind me I'll pull forward and see if they pull up on the sensor as well. If not, then I turn around and wave at them to get their attention, then give them the come here signal with my index finger and point down, then point at the light. Usually I get the "Oh ok" look and they pull up and the light get's tripped.

If I'm by myself and I've been waiting a while, then I wait till it's all clear and just go.

If there's a cop behind me, then I just wait till he pulls around next to me and tells me to just go ahead and go. True story, I'd just gotten my first bike and it was around midnight and I pulled up to the light and a cop was behind me. No traffic anywhere to be seen and we sit and wait...and wait...and wait...and then he pulls up next to me with his window down and says "Just go ahead and go" and so we went.
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Given the circumstances you mention turning right is a good idea.

Up here we legally allowed to go through the red light if it doesn't change, so I'd pull ahead so I can see both ways, then turn left when it's safe.

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Depends, if there's a car behind me I'll pull forward and see if they pull up on the sensor as well. If not, then I turn around and wave at them to get their attention, then give them the come here signal with my index finger and point down, then point at the light. Usually I get the "Oh ok" look and they pull up and the light get's tripped.

If I'm by myself and I've been waiting a while, then I wait till it's all clear and just go.

If there's a cop behind me, then I just wait till he pulls around next to me and tells me to just go ahead and go. True story, I'd just gotten my first bike and it was around midnight and I pulled up to the light and a cop was behind me. No traffic anywhere to be seen and we sit and wait...and wait...and wait...and then he pulls up next to me with his window down and says "Just go ahead and go" and so we went.
I've tried this before. The invariably female driver looks even more confused than normal. One even backed UP. Not one understood what I meant.
Gotta give the muslims credit where it's due...they know how to keep their highways safer.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:53 AM   #15
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Here in Wisconsin, we have a "45 second" law. If you have been sitting at a red light for 45 minutes and it doesn't trip, we can pass through the intersection as soon as its deemed safe. It looks like a few other states have enacted something similar:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...ght-laws_N.htm

I've had to do this a few times at intersections around here. I have now idea how the local authorities would regulate this rule.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:56 AM   #16
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Look for cops then run it.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:09 AM   #17
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I've used the starter button on more than a few occasions and it’s worked 99% of the time. There’s a light I must make a left at to go to work and I can get it to turn faster on my bike than in my car.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:08 AM   #18
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I use the starter button too, though I'm never sure if it is like pushing the elevator button to call the car faster, it always seems to work but you never know if it REALLY made it happen.

I do recommend calling the city to alert them of the problem. Sometimes it does make change happen.
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I use the starter button too, though I'm never sure if it is like pushing the elevator button to call the car faster, it always seems to work but you never know if it REALLY made it happen.
Funny.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:22 AM   #20
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Apparently, the law-change was proposed in GA but never implemented.
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