Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

How do you Run Red Lights and Stop Signs??

Notices
Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.
View Poll Results: When do you blow Red Lights and Stop Signs?
When no other traffic is present
46.40%
When I can do so without affecting traffic flow
29.60%
Whenever I can, as long as I don't get hit
2.40%
Never - I obey the rules of the road
28.80%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 125. You may not vote on this poll

How do you Run Red Lights and Stop Signs??

Old 12-15-12, 08:33 PM
  #176  
Chainstay Brake Mafia
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: California
Posts: 6,007
Likes: 0
Liked 11 Times in 10 Posts
"How do you Run Red Lights and Stop Signs??"

like this
frantik is offline  
Old 12-17-12, 02:49 PM
  #177  
Hi, folks
 
sdold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 150
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by agent pombero
But you, sdold, are not going to be able to convince many people (a large # of people, look at the poll so far) to discontinue treating stop signs and red lights as yield signs.

So whether you do or not, you will always be looked badly upon by car drivers, right? The perception will never change because thousands of cyclists everywhere are treating stop signs and red lights like yield signs.

You will always be looked upon in a negative light by someone, somewhere, for any number of things. Why care?

The only thing we can do is to implement the Idaho stop law everywhere. That way drivers won't be able to hate us, because, well, we will be doing what is legal, right?
The Idaho stop law is something I just learned about and it makes so much sense, I would love to see it in place everywhere.

The answer to your first question: When I stop and wave a driver to go ahead and take their right of way, and she/he goes and gives me a wave back, I feel pretty good knowing that I've made a small difference. That person won't be pissed at bikes for awhile, until he/she runs into the next jackass. It's these small things you do that make a difference in our world, like dumping your old TV on an existing pile of roadside trash instead of off somewhere by itself. Little things add up.
sdold is offline  
Old 12-17-12, 03:00 PM
  #178  
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Posts: 30,036

Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi

Liked 1,599 Times in 1,079 Posts
Originally Posted by sdold
It's these small things you do that make a difference in our world, like dumping your old TV on an existing pile of roadside trash instead of off somewhere by itself. Little things add up.
Too Funny!
I-Like-To-Bike is offline  
Old 12-17-12, 03:24 PM
  #179  
Senior Member
 
ChrisM2097's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Milpitas, CA
Posts: 981

Bikes: 2007 Specialized Rockhopper Disc; Trek 7.5 FX

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I stop for red lights. I'm not in a hurry. If I'm unable to trigger the light change, I'll run the red light if I've been waiting for more than about 90 seconds, or if I've sat through 2 light cycles (e.g. South/East/West-bound traffic gets green lights, but not North-bound traffic), and it's obvious that it's not going to change for me, and there are no cars coming from any direction.

There are only 2 intersections out of the ~30 traffic lights on my 10-mile commute that I may need to run the red because of faulty sensors.
ChrisM2097 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Equinox
Advocacy & Safety
845
03-16-17 10:57 AM
StanSeven
Road Cycling
90
06-29-15 09:08 AM
kickstart
Advocacy & Safety
18
03-30-15 03:21 PM
david58
Advocacy & Safety
27
03-31-13 07:57 PM
Myosmith
Advocacy & Safety
47
01-27-13 10:01 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.