I do not agree with Bruce in the article in the Age. As a cyclist I prefer to stop at red lights and wait until they change. However, I can only imagine that the part at the bottom is written by an engineer who has never ridden a bike.
Steve Bean from VicRoads said a bike triggered a traffic signal through the detection of ferrous metal in the bike.
“Because bikes contain less metal than other vehicles, to be detected by the traffic signal they should be situated directly over the area of greatest sensitivity which tends to be the centre of the lane,” he said.
Hmmmm. Can I suggest the light at the exit from Deakin University on Burwood Highway or the light on Belgrave Road at the corner of Waverley Road to test this theory. I go through these every day on my way to and from work. But despite numerous attempts I have never been able to get the lights to recognise me.