In this complimentary section from our online course ‘Traffic Smarts for Cyclists,’ we show how to get an unresponsive traffic light to detect your bicycle.
We’ve all been there. You pull up to an intersection, and wait for the light to change. And wait. And nothing happens.
In this interactive guide, we’ll show how to get the traffic light to respond to the presence of your bike.
At some intersections, the traffic lights are timed to automatically alternate a green light on one crossroad, then the other.
At others, the light stays green on the busier/larger roadway until a vehicle arrives from a minor street crossing it.
- Most of these are triggered by detectors in the road that respond to the presence of metal (not weight).
Let’s look at some ways you can get the light to turn green, and the options you have if that still won’t happen.
Other complimentary sections from our online courses.