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Old 06-03-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Q: I have heard that a motorcycle can go through a red light after stopping.

Q: I have heard that a motorcycle can go through a red light after stopping.




A: You are accurate that a motorcycle can proceed through a red light after certain conditions are met. The same is true for a person on a bicycle. The following are the conditions that must be followed before a motorcycle or bicyclist can go on a red light.

• The bicycle or motorcycle has been brought to a complete stop.


• The traffic-control signal continues to show a red light for an unreasonable time.


• The traffic-control signal is apparently malfunctioning or, if programmed or engineered to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle, the signal has apparently failed to detect the arrival of the bicycle or motorcycle.


• No motor vehicle or person is approaching on the street or highway to be crossed or entered or is so far away from the intersection that it does not constitute an immediate hazard.

We will be seeing more motorcycles and bicyclist on the roads this summer with the higher gas prices and warmer weather. Remember that bicycles have the right to use the roads the same as other vehicles with the exceptions of interstates. They are also required to follow the traffic laws the same as motor vehicles. That means stopping at stop signs, signaling turns, and riding on the same side of the road and direction as other vehicles.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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where did this tidbit come from?
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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Well of course if it has to meet all those criteria, but so can a car.

It becomes an all way stop intersection as if there were stop signs.
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That's not Texas law. You should probably look at the original article (which I found with a quick Google search) which shows it was written in Minnesota.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/eve...roup/homepage/
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I know California has this law cause some times motorcycle dont trigger the light to change
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I think it is a state law. I read they were working on a similar law here.
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Motorcycles can lane split as well
Just not in Texas
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I know California has this law cause some times motorcycle dont trigger the light to change
has happened to me lots of times. even at work we have 2 gates to get out of the parking lot and my bike doesnt trigger either of them! i have to wait for a cage to come in the entrance and then i exit
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Not true.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/msbfaqs.htm

18. Can I cross an intersection on a red light if my bike doesn't trigger the signal to change?


No, there are no provisions in Texas law that will allow any non-emergency vehicle to bypass a red light. You will need to turn or change lanes legally when safe then find another route. As stated in Texas Transportation Code (TRC) 544.0075 certain traffic-actuated electric traffic-control signals are required to be capable of registering the presence of a motorcycle.
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I'm sorry, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the title was the motorcycle equivalent of Schrödinger's cat.
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Hmmmmm

Who gets this ticket? The Governor? If the traffic light doesn't notice your bike then the light is defective so how can that ticket hold up in court? Perhaps Mr. Phan can expound on this.

I already have.

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Ok so I went back and did some more research. I've determined that everything I said previously needs a large asterisk.

I found this in the legislative commentary of the 80th legislature (the one that added the motorcycle requirement for Tex. Trans. 544.0075):


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“Section 544.0075, Transportation Code, as added by this Act, applies only to a detector that is installed, replaced, calibrated, or recalibrated in connection with a traffic-actuated electric traffic-control signal on or after the effective date [Sept. 1, 2007] of this Act.”

So basically if you can get a hold of maintenance records that show the light has been worked on after Sept. 1, 2007 still cannot read a motorcycle, everything I said in the post referenced above would apply. Otherwise, this act doesn't help you.
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