TOPEKA — It sounds like the plot of a ’50s B movie — bearded, leather-clad bikers clashing with police.
But today, words were the weapons as motorcycle riders came before a House committee seeking legal relief from red lights that never change.
The issue before the House Transportation Committee was House Bill 2058, better known as the “Dead Red” bill.
Cyclists representing the motorcycle organization ABATE — A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments — testified that they could wait forever at traffic signals, because their bikes often lack the mass to trigger sensors embedded in the pavement that cause the lights to change from red to green.
Rider Tim Farr said that late at night or when there’s a lull in traffic, “you either sit there forever or you just run the light. There’s no way around it.”
The Dead Red bill would change state law to allow cyclists to ride through a red light after waiting a reasonable length of time for the light to change, provided they proceed in a safe manner.