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Bicycle Traffic Signal

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New traffic lights for bicycles.  Now, when they run a red light, a red light which is specifically for bike riders; it won't be your fault when you hit them.

 

 

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As if most intersections don't have enough visual noise already.  Man, I already cringe when I get to those type of intersections on my motorcycle.  Now I have to pay attention to the different rules for bicycles, pedestrians, and turning lanes before I can even look for the idiots that don't follow the rules.  Good luck convincing a cop that the bicycles light was red...  Sorry, just had to vent.

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See those palm trees next to the freeway offramp?  That's actually the California Highway Patrol police station.  A bicycle runs a red light, gets hit by a car coming off the freeway; it all happens in front of the CHP.  

 

As a motorcycle rider, I am keenly aware of my surroundings.  I will not ride in anyone's blindspot.  I try to position my bike so that I can safely change lanes in case someone in front of me suddenly stops.  I never ride too close to someone's rear bumper in case they suddenly stop.  I'm much more vigilant of pedestrian activity so that I don't run into some senior stepping off a curb or a kid chasing a ball.  I never ride in the "door zone" where someone could open the door of a parked car, or pull out of a parking space, directly in my path.  Well, there are many things that motorcyclist do & don't do in the interest of self preservation.  One of them is not running red lights in the path of a freeway offramp.

 

This street is also engineered with a bicycle lane.  But cyclist never follow the rules.  They don't ride in the bike lane.  They still weave in & out of traffic.  They don't obey traffic control devices.  And they do not yield to pedestrian.  It doesn't help that police do not pull over bicyclist for traffic infractions.  

 

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