Scio Church & Seventh

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It seems there’s no legal way for a lone cyclist to turn from eastbound Scio Church bike lane onto Seventh. Sensor loop in pavement cannot detect a bicycle as a metal object; so left arrow never turns green.

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  1. By Bryan Ellinger
    August 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm | permalink

    If you have a steel frame, you can briefly lay it on its side over the loop.

  2. By John Hritz
    August 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | permalink

    Somewhere in the city or state code is an exception for a malfunctioning or unresponsive traffic light. I can’t find it in the city code.

  3. August 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm | permalink

    Updated intersections have embedded sensor/transmitter devices. Look for hockeypuck-size indents. My shoe cleats are capable of triggering them… sweet. With loops, sometimes being at the corner thereof with your steel frame helps.

  4. August 10, 2013 at 7:54 am | permalink

    I don’t think there is anything in City or State law about defective signals. I treat them like a stop sign. I also call them in to the City, to let them know they have a defective signal.

  5. By JIm Manheim
    August 11, 2013 at 11:55 am | permalink

    Even mopeds often won’t trigger them. I always pull up past the line to get a car to come in behind me, and I was once pulled over for doing that. I haven’t tried sitting over the corner of the sensor—good suggestion!

  6. By PieMcGee
    September 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm | permalink

    I bike most everywhere, usually on a steel frame, and get stuck behind these bad signals with infuriating regularity. Frame position over the wires doesn’t seem to matter.

    In some states it’s legal to proceed through after the light stays red for one or two cycles. Not Michigan. HB 4265 attempted to amend the state vehicle code to add a provision for bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles to proceed through after one. At this point it seems unlikely to pass.

  7. By jcp2
    September 9, 2013 at 7:45 am | permalink

    Just get off the bike, get on the sidewalk, press the cross button, and then walk across like a pedestrian.

  8. By Alan Goldsmith
    September 9, 2013 at 9:35 am | permalink

    The malfunctioning light at Scio Church and Seventh is the least of the problem with this stretch of road. It’s beginning ot look like the surface of the moon, slowyly buy surely, from Main to Maple. Expecting repairs in another decade or two. And from my experience at this intersection, usually one a day, cyclists never stop at the light ever.