Bill would allow motorcycles to pass through red lights under certain circumstances

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DENVER — Ever been stuck at a light that won’t change to green?

It often has to do with an underground sensor, which triggers the light when it senses vehicles. The problem, many motorcyclists will tell you, is that the sensor often doesn’t sense motorcycles.

The so-called “inductive loop” sensors run an electrical current underground, which can only be interrupted by a vehicle with a certain metal mass.

“When motorcycles come up to these lights, they don’t have enough metal mass to interrupt the signal underneath to tell the light that they’re there,” said State Senator Rachel Zenzinger, a Democrat from Jefferson County.

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