WSDOT wants bicyclists and bikers to report traffic lights that don't detect bikes

Those who ride on two wheels are being asked to help make sure state-owned traffic lights are detecting motorcycles and bicycles.

The state Department of Transportation on Friday requested comments from riders who notice that state-operated lights do not detect them. The state operates and maintains traffic signals on state roads, not roads maintained by counties and cities.

Traffic signals use various detection systems at the lights to ensure vehicles moving in high-volume directions get more "green" time. The systems also ensure motorists and riders going in the opposite direction are provided green lights as well.

Bicyclists or motorcyclists can contact the department regarding state-owned traffic signals on the Web

at, or in writing at WSDOT Ombudsman P. O. Box 47327 Olympia, WA 98504-7327. Please note the specific location of the signal.

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