The law says, “Every person driving a bicycle shall have all of the rights and all the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle by this Code…”
In light of the rights portion of this law, I think it would be interesting to present this problem to a court and see if it would determine that the city was not providing bicycles the provisions of the law.
I don’t see this as an argument that would bring sweeping changes to the way the city installs traffic sensors. It’s hard to imagine a court or this city declaring improved signal sensors a necessity for the 6% of the population that might ride their bike through this city this year.
I do think it’s a reasonable argument against paying a fine for violating the duties portion of this law. Someday I’d like to test it.
This approach allows for eayste’s quite agreeable suggestion that bicycles will never receive equal treatment.
It also fits uneasily into H’s Citizenship pillar of Character Counts!
“get involved in community affairs” – it was at a community bicycle planning meeting where the city transportation planner answered this problem with the suggestion to get off your bike, walk to the button to press it, and get back on your bike.
“respect authority” – I will not run from the policeman who would ticket me for riding through a red light. I will respect authority by challenging authority in the most appropriate of places, a court.
“protect the environment” – well, yeah. Perhaps you’ve heard of The MinusCar Project.
“obey laws and rules” – sigh, I can’t.