Motorcyclists who are used to sitting at red lights that won’t change may not be waiting much longer.
The House and Senate agreed today to send to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that would allow them to proceed through red lights that do not detect their presence.
Many stoplights are triggered by weight sensors embedded in the road that do not detect motorcycles. Motorcyclists often find themselves waiting at red lights for a car to come along to trigger the sensor. Or they are forced to break the law by proceeding in spite of the red light.
The “dead red” bill states the rider must wait a reason-able period of time for the light to change, and must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian that has the right of way, as if there were a stop sign at the intersection.
The bill also contains a provision requiring vehicles that overtake bicyclists to pass on the left with no less than three feet of space in between.