Cyclists and Red Lights in MO

An interesting article by mobikefed.org was passed to me from a fellow Will Cycle teammate.

http://mobikefed.org/2009/08/new-law-allows-bicyclists-to-proceed.php

It looks like it is now legal for cyclists to go through malfunctioning red lights. According to this article, the definition of malfunctioning that they use means a traffic light that does not detect their presence. As many of you urban commuters know, its sometimes maddening to wait at a light that does not change for you. This law will make it a bit easier to get home at the end of the day.

The article goes out of its way to point out that this law does not mean cyclists can blow red lights completely.

From the article:

Blowing through red lights is still completely illegal!
Contrary what headlines at many news organizations might make you think, this law absolutely does not allow you to just run through a red light without stopping or whenever you like. To proceed through the red light, you must:
1. Stop.
2. Wait an unreasonable amount of time. That would be AT LEAST as long as one normal traffic cycle–until it is clear the signal has failed to detect your presence.
3. Wait until traffic is clear and it is safe to proceed.
4. Then proceed cautiously through the intersection.

Blowing through red lights is still completely illegal!

Contrary what headlines at many news organizations might make you think, this law absolutely does not allow you to just run through a red light without stopping or whenever you like. To proceed through the red light, you must:

1. Stop.

2. Wait an unreasonable amount of time. That would be AT LEAST as long as one normal traffic cycle–until it is clear the signal has failed to detect your presence.

3. Wait until traffic is clear and it is safe to proceed.

4. Then proceed cautiously through the intersection.

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Enjoy the good news while this lasts and ride safe. This may be a win for cyclists, but it doesn’t make the roads any safer.

-Chris

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
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