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    Default VA Law about treating a red light as a stop sign

    Here is an another excuse you can used if you get pull over by a cop for running a red light.

    According to VA law effective July 1, 2011

    "Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles may treat a red light as a stop sign if their bike fails to trigger the traffic light and they have waited two full cycles of the light or two minutes, whichever is shorter."

    http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/notice.asp?id=113

    You still need to watch for cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RESTONTODC View Post
    Here is an another excuse you can used if you get pull over by a cop for running a red light.

    According to VA law effective July 1, 2011

    "Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles may treat a red light as a stop sign if their bike fails to trigger the traffic light and they have waited two full cycles of the light or two minutes, whichever is shorter."

    http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/notice.asp?id=113

    You still need to watch for cars.
    Any regular MD->VA passengers of the ferry at Whites Ferry notice that the signal from Whites Ferry Road across James Monroe Parkway, where you have to make a left to get into Leesburg, only seems to change when a car (finally!) comes up behind you (or comes to the non-turning lane on the other side of the highway)?

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=whites...gl=us&t=h&z=16

    Brendan

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    Any regular MD->VA passengers of the ferry at Whites Ferry notice that the signal from Whites Ferry Road across James Monroe Parkway, where you have to make a left to get into Leesburg, only seems to change when a car (finally!) comes up behind you (or comes to the non-turning lane on the other side of the highway)?

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=whites...gl=us&t=h&z=16

    Brendan
    Try this:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Trigger-Green-Traffic-Lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post
    Thanks. The road was recently repaved, so I can't even start to guess what kind of loop it is and where the loop is. I just move up past the stop line (which, thankfully, is recessed quite a bit from the highway) and gesture to my "rescue car" when it finally arrives that the driver should pull all the way up to the stop line. They figure I'm being crazy until they finally pull up and the light starts to change...so either it's a not-very-sensitive loop system or there's a lot of coincidences...

    Brendan

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    Thanks. The road was recently repaved, so I can't even start to guess what kind of loop it is and where the loop is. I just move up past the stop line (which, thankfully, is recessed quite a bit from the highway) and gesture to my "rescue car" when it finally arrives that the driver should pull all the way up to the stop line. They figure I'm being crazy until they finally pull up and the light starts to change...so either it's a not-very-sensitive loop system or there's a lot of coincidences...

    Brendan
    Good luck.

    I've also seen some kind of device you can carry with you on your bike that you put on the pavement to do the same thing. Don't know if that's still out there.

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