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Old 12-29-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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I noticed some traffic light's work with sensors and them sensors not recognizing us bikers. Did anyone notice it? What you doing about it when there is no other vehicle for sensors to sense and turn on signal?
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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Try getting your rear wheel on the sensor. Some just wont trip. Either go right and make a u turn or wait a cycle then run the light. I was stopped for that once and explained the light wouldn't switch for me, it was no big deal.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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...just an FYI, there is no law allowing a rider to blow/run a red light even if the sensor is failing to detect the bike.

However ALL TX lights are supposed to be capable of recognizing motorcycles..see if i can find who your supposed to report them to when they don't.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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JK, do not start running red lights, you don't wanna pull that in front of a camera.

If you do, at least make a complete stop and check traffic before entering any intersection. Have you experienced this issue with sensors when you try to get out of certain apartment complexes? lol, good luck.

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there is a groove.. usually makes a rectangle or square.. get as much of your rear tire on it if not the bike.. then you hop on the bike. it will trigger.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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Actually i heard on a news channel (fox or cnn) that in 2013 we will b able to run after two cycles of the light and no traffic around....havent verified, just heard it

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #10
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The rectangular pattern sensors are the worst, I read a multi-state study comparing effective ways to get non-working or maladjusted sensors to trip and the best I've personally found to work is to:

approach the light on top of the line. square on top of it, not in the middle (where it is not sensing) the sensors run the perimeter of the concrete rectangle (coil type)

I have had much better luck on more than just 1 light using this maneuver

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Me too...align right on the sensor.
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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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get as much of your rear tire on it if not the bike.. then you hop on the bike. it will trigger.
Uh, those are induction loops. They detect metal. Sometimes they're not sensitive enough to detect motorcycles.
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Guess Illinois won't have to worry about this one anymore if the light don't change and your on 2 wheels you can proceed through a light because motorcycles fail to trigger the sensors. We need this one around Houston.
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