Bicyclists welcome passage of unchanging red light bill


Tim Pawlenty has signed a bill into law that allows Minnesota bicyclists to run red lights in some circumstances.

The law doesn't make it legal to totally ignore stoplights, but it does provide an affirmative defense to cyclists who run a red light that will not change for them.

Many lights are programmed to change to a green only after detecting a car approaching and bikes are often too small to trigger the mechanism).

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota applauds the bill. An identical law was already on the books for motorcyclists. It was amended by simply inserting "bicycle or" to the existing language.

So if you're one of the few bicyclists who actually stays put fpr the duration of red lights, feel free to pump the pedals if the light stays red "for an unreasonable time."

Read the full bill here