Traffic light sensors

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Niv, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Niv

    Niv Guest

    Country lane with narrow hump bridge over cnal with lights, you can't see
    over the bridge.
    Lights would NOT change, despite rolling back overmarks in approach to
    lights.
    Had to wait for a car to come up behind for lights to change.
    Is this a common event on bikes? What should I do?
     
    Niv, Nov 24, 2003
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  2. Niv wrote
    Far too often unfortunately.
    Write to the council/waterways and report the lights as faulty. Email
    is good enough so you can do it right now.
     
    steve auvache, Nov 24, 2003
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  3. Niv

    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Andrewr At Work
    Bit tricky if you're stuck at lights though, eh?
     
    Nigel Eaton, Nov 24, 2003
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  4. Niv

    Niv Guest

    Write to the council/waterways and report the lights as faulty. Email
    Thanks for quick response Steve,
    email sent to Bucks CC, I await their repsonse with zero anticipation.
    Niv.
     
    Niv, Nov 24, 2003
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  5. Niv

    Niv Guest

    Go out and kill women, because they're all whores.

    Blimey, you lot are quick on the response front, shouldn't you all be hard
    at work or something?
    I'm on a days hol myself, just got back from a 75 mile jaunt, getting the
    miles/hours in after pasing DAS a month ago & getting bike 2 weeks ago.
    Wasn't it a C**P w/end weatherwise! Did some mountain biking for 2 hours &
    despite all the clobber, still got soaked; but probably safer than venturing
    out on my M/bike as a newbie.
    Niv.
     
    Niv, Nov 24, 2003
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  6. Niv wrote
    In the mean time use yer brains.

    There is a set of three linked lights that I go through regular which
    had this problem. If you didn't hit the sensors in just the right place
    it didn't see the bike but would work if a cage came within a hundred
    yards.

    Fortunately there was half a mile of feeder roads where I could usually
    collect a cage to change them for me.

    Took the council about six weeks to sort it out.
     
    steve auvache, Nov 24, 2003
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  7. Niv

    Niv Guest

    In the mean time use yer brains.
    Unfortunately, these particular lights were over a canal in the middle of
    nowhere[1], so not much traffic about for me to pick up a cage & follow it
    over.

    [1] Cheddington, Bucks
     
    Niv, Nov 24, 2003
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    WSotW Guest

    I think there is one or two who actually work (I suppose some have to)
     
    WSotW, Nov 24, 2003
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    Dan White Guest

    There's one like this on the Bath road into Bristol, on the approach where
    the Bath and Wells roads merge to the A4. On several occasions I've jumped
    off the bike, run to the other road and hit the pedestrian crossing button.
    Run back to bike and jump on just in time for the lights to change in my
    favour!
     
    Dan White, Nov 24, 2003
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    deadmail Guest

    Really? At the three lamps spot you mean?

    It's got good visibility and no cameras; I'd just jump the fucking
    lights.
     
    deadmail, Nov 24, 2003
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    Pip Guest

    It has been known, yes. It has something to do with the inductive(?)
    loops under the tarmac which sense the presence of a vehicle which
    appears to the sensor as a big lump of metal. Bikes don't contain
    enough ferrous metal sometimes, apparently.

    Gatso sensors however, are much more bloody sensitive. Hmph.
    There used to be a place on the web where you could order such things,
    but in the (possibly temporary) absence of that, cabletie a large lump
    of steel to the bottom of your bike and try again.

    It could be that the sensor is temporarily fucked, and I've seen that
    you've contacted Bucks CC so wait and see ... I have a contact there
    so I'll mention it to him as well <fx:sends text message>

    As it happens, I've been over the Chedders canal bridges on the bike
    many times and the lights have changed for me - although the
    sensor-tripping presence of a large lump of corroding steel like the
    RF prolly has some bearing on this ;-)
     
    Pip, Nov 24, 2003
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  12. Pip wrote
    A magnet may be useful in such situations.
     
    steve auvache, Nov 24, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    FFS! Why not just go through on the red?
     
    Ace, Nov 24, 2003
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    wessie Guest

    Quite common with the GS - the big ground clearance means there is not
    enough metal to trigger the sensors.
     
    wessie, Nov 24, 2003
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  15. Niv

    wessie Guest

    Jump off the bike, then watch some **** ride off on your pride and joy.

    On the Colum Road [0]junction with North Road[2] in Cardiff I ride onto
    the pavement [1], press the ped. crossing button which conveniently
    stops the traffic on the A470 for me to ride off at my leisure.

    [0] it is marked up for cyclists
    [1] minor road
    [2] A470 trunk road
     
    wessie, Nov 24, 2003
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    jsp Guest

    I like that idea.

    Mind you, I've been toying with the idea of completely scrapping all
    traffic laws and speed limits etc. You can drive at whatever speed you
    like, but if you cause an accident, you're fucked. Give people back
    responsibility for their own actions instead of imposing more and more
    restrictions on the sensible (ish) majority of drivers/riders.



    --
    John

    SV650
    Black it is
    and naked
     
    jsp, Nov 24, 2003
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    dwb Guest

    Not sure they do that anymore.. and they only did that from about 2 in the
    morning. Not very useful in the case of the OP I think.

    SA drivers ignore them when they're red anyway.
     
    dwb, Nov 24, 2003
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    gomez Guest

    Never had a problem with these lights on the VFR. Maybe you need a
    bigger bike :)
     
    gomez, Nov 24, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    I bet you'd sit at a red light at roadworks when there's nobody
    around, wouldn't you? When will people learn that traffic lights, like
    all road signs, should be viewed as for guidance only?
     
    Ace, Nov 25, 2003
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    Zobo Kolonie Guest

    They don't do it, at least not that I remember (spent 2000/2001 living
    just outside Pretoria). Some traffic lights in Oslo do it though
    (1997/1998).
    After a certain time of night or a certain amount of alcohol
    (whichever comes first) they sure do ignore the buggers - which is the
    best policy in some places though, cos it's way dodgy, a mate of mine
    got hijacked very late at night up by Voortrekkerhoogte, most
    unpleasant.

    ZK
     
    Zobo Kolonie, Nov 25, 2003
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