"Straight on Red" Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

By WEEK Reporter

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 6:32 PM CDT

The measure is designed to address sometimes lengthy waits faced by bikers when they approach stop lights that change based on sensors in the roadway.

Motorcycle rights groups say riders can sometimes get stuck at a light for several cycles because the lighter weight of motorcycles--let along bicycles -- won't trigger the sensors.

If a stoplight fails to turn green within a "reasonable period of time," the legislation would allow a biker to proceed through the intersection after making sure it is clear.

Chicago would be exempted from the proposed law.

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