Many traffic signals today won’t turn green unless loops in the pavement or video cameras detect a car sitting at the light. I’ve noticed that this detection often fails for bicycles, however. If there is a bicycle lane, there may not be a separate detection zone or loop to pick up a bicycle in the lane. With or without a bicycle lane, pavement loops might not be sensitive enough to pick up your bicycle.
We can discuss strategies for dealing with these issues in another post, but first I want to hear from those of you who ride on the road. Is this a problem in South Florida? Maybe there’s so much traffic that there’s always a car waiting at the light beside you. We invite you to share your experiences in the comments section. Have you ever sat at a light that won’t turn green because you’re the only one there and it doesn’t recognize your bicycle? If so, what did you do? Change directions? Move to the sidewalk? Hit the ped button? Run the light? Storm City Hall waving your bicycle in the air? Please share with us, and let us know where you’ve had this problem.
I’m currently involved in a discussion with an area county engineer on the subject, so the more I hear from you the more I can use to support my case for improvements to signals.
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