well, ok, here’s one of my problems. I usually like to pick one and stick with it for awhile, so even if this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s really annoying to me.
One of my last jobs of the day involves making a left turn from Madison Avenue on to South Street and quick right onto Headley. Quite a few times in the last month or two, I ended up being first in line for the left hand turn signal, and I can’t get my bike to trigger the light. Traffic keeps building up behind me, and people get agitated or decide the light is broken and swerve into the next lane, or decide to go around me and give me the stinkeye at the same time.
Anyhow, I called NJDOT a few days before Thanksgiving and spoke to several friendly people who said they would adjust the sensor or whatever and fix it, but to give them some time because of the holiday. So I called back today to let them know it still wasn’t working, and the first person I spoke to said he remembered my complaint, and they talked about it and that they don’t have to make lights be triggered by bikes and acted like I was a more little bit unreasonable for thinking they would. Ok, so that put me a little bit into my I’m-talking-to-a-telemarketer mode, which can be ugly, but I tried to contain it.
So when I didn’t drop it, he told me to call this other number, where the perfectly fine dot person told me what the dot does in a little speech and then told me to call another number, and I did, and they said they would call me back, which they didn’t. I emailed someone else later, just asking if that is true that lights don’t have to be triggered by bikes. If so, that is the dumbest thing ever, and argh.
Here’s a link from Seattle describing this situation and how they totally go and fix it. Dave suggested that I go down Franklin and come back on Elm or another street, but guess what? I just don’t want to. I want to get to my last job and go home!
Seriously, I find it hard to believe that thing about lights not having to be set off for bikes is true. Anyone?