KP wrote:smc wrote:Not to defend anyone running red lights, but has anyone come across traffic lights that require a "sensor" weight or magnetic in the road to activate them? I find some lights will never change unless a car comes along, usualy where a small road joins a big road you get this. It also happens with right hand turn arrows. I've noticed this on my motorbike also that it isn't heavy enough or "magnetic" enough to activate them (or I missed the sensor). What to do?
I used to work with traffic light controllers in UK, but don't know much about Australian ones. I believe Australian are the same as the British in that they have inductive loops buried in the road that will detect any big lumps of metal that break the magnetic field. The sensitivity of the detectors is adjustable, with filter lanes probably being set to "not very sensitive at all" in order to avoid false positives from adjacent lanes. By all means phone the number on the controller cabinet and ask them to increase the sensitivity of side road detectors, but filter lane detectors they probably won't want to change, so use hook turns instead
Fine for the pushy. But the motorcycle is perhaps not the ideal vehicle for a hook turn.