Hey, I know some folks on here are going to disagree with this, but living in the land of the infamous "California Stop" I've grown a little apathetic to this concept that bicyclists need to be a stickler for the rules at every red octagon. I'm not suggesting some kind of madman's gambit where you blindly blow through every stop sign as you dash across town - but this notion that a cyclist should come to a complete stop every time is bogus (unless you're on a fixie in which case you get to show off).
The majority of stop signs (with some exceptions) deserve to be treated as yield signs - with a cyclist slowing down upon approach of the intersection, getting visuals and seeing if they can safely make it across (with an easy margin of error so as not to freak out drivers), and then doing so. Secondarily, lights (with quite a few more exceptions) in off-hours with little or no traffic, can pretty safely be handled by stopping and making sure that traffic is clear, and then proceeding across the intersection without a light. With traffic just filter in alongside traffic and do it properly, but when nobody else is on the road I don't see the problem with carefully running a few reds, especially if there's not really any convenient way to trip the light (and I'm not a huge fan of running up five feet onto the sidewalk at every light to hit the pedestrian button if there's one). These practices make sense to me and make for a pretty good commute time in as safe a manner as I can think of.
Additionally, there's a number of intersections throughout town where I'll routinely see cars yielding to me even though they clearly have the right-of-way. This happens despite the fact that I was slowing down and obviously not about to rush through the intersection (or able to get halfway into it before they crossed, even if I tried)... and at about the point that I'd have to stop completely to not run into the intersection, if they're still yielding I'll kick up my pace and take the right-of-way that they gave me. Otherwise you get into that weird mexican stand-off, and that's awful for everyone... and it's much easier for me to just jump on it, and they won't catch me anyways so I'm not really slowing them down more than they already have. Note, if you step on the pedals and they start moving too, just hit the brake and make a complete stop and wave them through.
Easy, safe, and convenient... it makes sense to me. Right?