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there is an intersection by by home that I go through 90 percent of the time I drive. My bike would not trigger the traffic light, so I waited the required time and "ran" the red light. on Sunday I filled out an online form with the city letting them know my problem, I received a phone call at noon Monday from one of the city engineers letting me know he adjusted the settings for that light, gave me his cell number and wanted me to let him know if he adjusted it enough - works great now - what service! just a note that some people at city hall do listen.
 

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Half way through your post I thought you were gonna say they issued you a ticket. That would be typical.

Instead it turned out to be refreshing news that sometimes...sometimes you can get through the bureaucracy and the system works! Thanks for sharing that.
 

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there is an intersection by by home that I go through 90 percent of the time I drive. My bike would not trigger the traffic light, so I waited the required time and "ran" the red light. on Sunday I filled out an online form with the city letting them know my problem, I received a phone call at noon Monday from one of the city engineers letting me know he adjusted the settings for that light, gave me his cell number and wanted me to let him know if he adjusted it enough - works great now - what service! just a note that some people at city hall do listen.
I had the same (similar) experience here in my home town. In my case, it only took a phone call. The next day the light was fixed! :grin2:
 

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there is an intersection by by home that I go through 90 percent of the time I drive. My bike would not trigger the traffic light, so I waited the required time and "ran" the red light. on Sunday I filled out an online form with the city letting them know my problem, I received a phone call at noon Monday from one of the city engineers letting me know he adjusted the settings for that light, gave me his cell number and wanted me to let him know if he adjusted it enough - works great now - what service! just a note that some people at city hall do listen.

...Dime to a doughnut...he rides :good:
 

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That's pretty sweet. I'd try and find out who his boss is and let his boss know how pleased you are with his promptness and professionalism. A happy report like that will look good on his record if he tries to get a promotion.
 

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That's pretty sweet. I'd try and find out who his boss is and let his boss know how pleased you are with his promptness and professionalism. A happy report like that will look good on his record if he tries to get a promotion.
This is a fantastic suggestion. We humans are much more likely to send complaints to the powers that be and not compliments or positive feedback. You received excellent service, so why not take a moment to give him credit?

Great story too! I also assumed you were gonna say they sent you a ticket, so color me pleasantly surprised!
 

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That's awesome how accommodating they were. Another suggestion, for places not in a hometown. If you throw a small magnet somewhere on the underside of your bike it helps trip the sensor, making it think you are larger than you are.
 

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That's awesome how accommodating they were. Another suggestion, for places not in a hometown. If you throw a small magnet somewhere on the underside of your bike it helps trip the sensor, making it think you are larger than you are.
In addition to a successful call like the OP had, I bought a mig torch holder from Harbor Freight and took the magnet off of it (actually cheaper than buying the magnet by itself since I had a use for the bracket part :grin2:). I have a trailer hitch on the bike and I zip-tied the magnet onto it. Easy to do since the magnet has a bolt hole in the center. Seems to work at most intersections with sensors. A large neodymium magnet would be even better, but they are expensive.
 

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I bought and installed a green light trigger that was inexpensive and is a strong magnet with a 3M adhesive attachment point. One is mounted to the frame of my Vulcan 2000, the other is on the inside of the fairing of my ZX9R Ninja. They work.

Here is a device that I am interested in trying on my third bike: Motorcycle Green Light Trigger-Traffic Light Activator-Red Light Changer, New

I agree with the starter post in this thread. You can contact traffic engineering in most towns and they are responsive. They want to solve these problems.
 

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Just a question (I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed). As you're riding, if it's that strong, can't the magnet pick up metal pieces from the roadway.
 

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It a magnetic loop that picks up your vehicle........with that said,here in Pa. most traffic light upgrades that are done now use cameras to see the vehicles at the stop bar,and they work less effective than the old style magnetic loop sensors.

We have also had fatal crashes near my home when a new light was installed and didn't have the intensity turned up high enough to trip the light for motorcycles. The driver edged out to see traffic and was hit and killed,passenger was a child who lived but required many procedures with very high med bills.

Yes,lawsuits filed but our Township was let go because we told them there was a problem,and at our twp meeting there was a Penn Dot rep there who said it wasn't working properly at installation. What a mess.

And yes,I am a twp supervisor and also the roadmaster.

I also think Tar & Chip should be banned. I almost lost my front wheel last saturday on a slight turn and at very low speed-thats what saved me,going very slow.
 

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Just a question (I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed). As you're riding, if it's that strong, can't the magnet pick up metal pieces from the roadway.
If some small metal object, like a nail, is thrown up near the magnet, my magnet might be strong enough to grab it. Wouldn't hurt anything if it did, but no magnet I have ever put on a bike for light sensors has ever picked up anything. My magnet is about 6" - 7" off the ground (zip tied to a trailer hitch) and is not nearly strong enough to pick up a nail or something like that from straight off the ground. It doesn't need to be a super magnet to trip light sensors.
 

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I need to look into trying this too.There's a couple non-changing lights I have to deal with fairly regularly.

I don't even know if it's legal in my area to run non-changing lights,but I have no choice.I just hope there's not a cop around every time I have to do it.:devil2:Been lucky so far.
 

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I need to look into trying this too.There's a couple non-changing lights I have to deal with fairly regularly.

I don't even know if it's legal in my area to run non-changing lights,but I have no choice.I just hope there's not a cop around every time I have to do it.:devil2:Been lucky so far.
I don't think they have passed any "dead red" laws in Ohio, so a magnet might be a good idea.
 

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It's a shame you need to pay for a contraption and attach it to your bike just so you don't need to worry about getting a ticket.:crying2:

I just submitted an online form to dot to tell them about the 2 particular non-changing lights.I never knew you could do anything like that until I came across this thread.

I wonder if anything will come about from it
 

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Sorry to ruin things, but the magnet thing is not true. Some will swear it works, it doesn't.
At a lot of lights there is a loop of wire that gets installed in the concrete.
That wire with the help of a big amount of metal ( a car ) will cause the electrical setup to detect that your there with you car and will trigger the light.

Adding a magnet will not "increase" your bikes mass of metal. That small magnet 6 inches or more above the street will not increase the magnetic properties to increase the mass of metal on your bike for the detector to "see" you.
No magnet you put on your bike will help in this process. And you can tell me about your experiences and that's fine.
If it works for you - fine.

I'm just telling you that magnets, putting down your kickstand, ect doesn't make the the detection process work any better.

There is a loop of wire you mount on you bike you can buy off ebay I think it is, that also has some programming, and that WILL help.
 

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How about that,I too did the online form Sunday and got both an e-mail reply and phone call today (Monday ) I am shocked and amazed.
 
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