- Regarding the so called "california" turn. There seems to be a lot of
different sensors out there for traffic regulation. Our state
(Wisconsin) usually goes with the weight sensor. Bicyclists are not
heavy enough. The proper thing to do is wait until traffic allows, and
go. It is legal to do this. The sensor is at fault. Follow Lorenzo
advise from #81. Some sensors work by metal. If you have a steel bike,
sometimes leaning it over will trip the sensor. This does not work on my
carbon fiber road racer, or my aluminum touring bike. The going up onto
the sidewalk, curb, doing trick maneuvers to hit the button are all very
unprofessional and dangerous. Do not do that! It gives all cyclist a bad
rap. Bicyclist fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of
Easy Living Services & Pedicab
Green Bay WI
- A recent discussion on bikes and turn signals took place on the
Touring and Chainguard mailing list. Similar sentiments as those
expressed here were expressed. Bikes often are incapable of
triggering the light detectors and it thus becomes necessary for us
to remonstrate appropriately with the powers-that-be.
This is an excellent opportunity to become a transportational
activist! Alert the local rulers that non-automotive vehicles should
be taken into account when designing traffic devices.
On 31 Jan 00, Easy Living Services wrote:
> ... The proper thing to do is wait until traffic allows, and go.
> It is legal to do this. The sensor is at fault. ..The going up onto
> the sidewalk, curb, doing trick maneuvers to hit the button are
> all very unprofessional and dangerous ... Bicyclist fare best when
> they act and are treated as drivers of motor vehicles.