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Activating Traffic Lights in Juneau
By Dan McCrummen

As many of you are aware; most of the traffic lights on roadways approaching our main thoroughfare (Egan) have sensors to cycle the traffic light to green.  As I’ve been stuck at more than one intersection in town I queried the Highway Maintenance staff at DOT/PF to gain a better understanding of how these sensors work and where they are located.  I found out that all of the sensors in Juneau roadways (in fact, through much of Alaska) are activated by a motor vehicle crossing an electrical field, causing disruption of the field.  The field is created by a 6’ x 6’ wire loop placed under the pavement.  The loops are placed in the center of the traffic lane, close to the cross walk or stop line.  The actual distance back from the cross walk or stop line varies between intersections, but are typically where the center of an automobile would be stopped at a traffic light.  For motorcycles it is recommended that you approach these intersections in the center of the traffic lane (oil line), stopping approximately a car’s length back from the cross walk or stop line.  When group riding, if two motorcycles approach an intersection, intending on stopping side by side, they should both cross the loop area at the oil line before moving to the left or right and stopping.

Several of the roadways in Juneau were repaved in the summer of 2006.  At one intersection, as DOT/PF workers were applying a loop and adjusting the electrical field for sensitivity, a Buell motorcycle was used as a test vehicle.  The technician was unable to adjust the sensor to allow the Buell to activate the light, most like due to the alloy metals used in the frame.  Sport bikes, as they are intended to be lightweight, may have difficulty activating the sensors.  I understand that one can purchase magnets that are specifically designed for placing under a motorcycle to help activate traffic light sensors.  In this case, owners of sport bikes might consider looking in to that option.

A word of caution, in speaking to a JPD officer, if your motorcycle fails to activate a traffic light, going through the light while red is a traffic violation and tickets issued in those situations have been upheld in court.
  If you get caught at a light, back the motorcycle up over the center line where you believe the loop to be and attempt to again activate the sensor, otherwise, safely leave the turn lane.