House OKs bikers-on-red if sensors don’t work

The bill will permit bikers to turn on red if they've waited through a full cycle of lights without getting a green

Traffic lights along Highway 217 (KOIN 6 News, file)
Traffic lights along Highway 217 (KOIN 6 News, file)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon House has unanimously passed a bill allowing bike and motorcycle riders to turn at a red light if sensors under the pavement won’t turn the signal green.

The stoplights at many intersections are controlled by sensors using electromagnetic fields that don’t pick up bikes and motorcycles made of aluminum. Rep. John Davis of Wilsonville says that can leave riders stuck at a red light.

The bill would let them proceed cautiously through an intersection if they’ve waited through a full cycle of lights without getting a green.

Similar bills have been passed in 16 other states.

House lawmakers approved the measure 55-0 on Wednesday. It now heads to the governor for her signature.

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