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Old 01-21-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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What is the law on lights that dont change for bikes? Is it three as I think it is with cars? I felt really really dumb hesitating to turn left onto Scarsdale from Hwy-3 heading north with two lanes on both sides (no median) with cars flying past me with nobody else around, feeling like I was in a wind tunnel even though I was stopped. I really find it foolish to be more worried of getting pulled over, than to feel your bike/body being swayed from side to side from cars flying past you at lights where you are vulnerable to some idiot making a simple mistake that would take your lights out. Not to ever insinuate doing anything illegal , but what do you guys do? Wait for what feels like forever? Make the U turn past the light? Take it after a few cycles? Put your life above the law??
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:17 PM   #2
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A. look for cops and do it on the first run

B. Go past the light hook a U-turn

C. sit there wait for it to turn
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:20 PM   #3
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I sit throught one cycle and run it.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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A. look for cops and do it on the first run

B. Go past the light hook a U-turn

C. sit there wait for it to turn
I like A. This intersection is in the middle of nowhere kind of where cars are going anywhere from 50 and up, making it hard to find an entrance for a U turn if it's a peak time.
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I sit throught one cycle and run it.
that's what I always did..., there is a light near my house that I know takes forever to change (left on arrow only)....I wait for no cross traffic, look for a cop behind me, and then go....if I get a ticket once a year...it's worth it to me....seeing that sitting at that light takes approx. 3 minutes....that's like 13 hrs/year....totally worth one ticket
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:28 PM   #6
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that's what I always did..., there is a light near my house that I know takes forever to change (left on arrow only)....I wait for no cross traffic, look for a cop behind me, and then go....if I get a ticket once a year...it's worth it to me....seeing that sitting at that light takes approx. 3 minutes....that's like 13 hrs/year....totally worth one ticket
So is there a law regarding this? If the light doesn't work, I would think that is some huge leverage for you when arguing why you went through it. If there is a law, I'd like to know..
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:35 PM   #7
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i think the law says that after 2 cycles and light fails to turn.. treat it as a malfunctioning light.. wait till its safe to proceed and then go.. also you can buy a green light tripper and use it..
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well state law says that all traffic lights must recognize motorcycles. I would venture to say that if you ran it because it failed to change for you after a cycle or two and you recieved a ticket that it could be beat easily seeing that the light is in non-compliance.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:42 PM   #9
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well state law says that all traffic lights must recognize motorcycles. I would venture to say that if you ran it because it failed to change for you after a cycle or two and you recieved a ticket that it could be beat easily seeing that the light is in non-compliance.
Great. So if you are to get pulled over, non-compliance is the route to take.
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Great. So if you are to get pulled over, non-compliance is the route to take.
yep... sometimes i just turn my bike off and re start it.. its the current that is sinced that works the lights..
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I am no professional...so my legal advise means bumpkiss.... but that would but the route I would take if i were to receive a ticket. I had to run one yesterday for that very reason. but make sure you sit there for a bit and not just blast throught it.
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yeah.. i set thru one thru 2 cycles. and blasted thru it . just to see it turn as i went thru it.. i looked around for popos real fast.. hahahahha
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:46 PM   #13
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I am no professional...so my legal advise means bumpkiss.... but that would but the route I would take if i were to receive a ticket. I had to run one yesterday for that very reason. but make sure you sit there for a bit and not just blast throught it.
Haha. It is good to know that you can treat them as stop signs now j/k. But if you're in a dangerous spot, I am definitely not hesitating if it doesn't turn the first time.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:54 PM   #14
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I wait through one cycle too or turn right immediately then make a u-ee then go straight. To tell the truth I do the later alot. I am very impatient.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:31 PM   #15
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man u know what i do, but also i look at my rear view and flash my break lights , but yea right by your house on bayarea, that st right there is a pain in with turn lights
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life above the law, but i make it obvious that the light isn't working. I try rolling forward, back, then usually if a car pulls up behind me, i roll forward, and wave the car forward, so they are over the sensor. Many lights have 2 sensors, also. One at the front and one about 2 cars behind the first.
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life above the law, but i make it obvious that the light isn't working. I try rolling forward, back, then usually if a car pulls up behind me, i roll forward, and wave the car forward, so they are over the sensor. Many lights have 2 sensors, also. One at the front and one about 2 cars behind the first.

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