Is an intersection where the traffic lights never change considered defective? (I'm referring to an intersection where the lights are always red in one set of directions, and always green in the perpendicular set, unless the pedestrian "cross" button finally gets pressed.) Would you then be allowed to make a left turn, once you check that it's safe to do so, even though the light remains red for you? Or would you be expected to leave your vehicle in order to press the pedestrian "cross" button? I'd really rather not leave my infant daughter in her bicycle trailer while I walked over to the button, and, like any motorist, I don't think that I should have to take my vehicle(s) off the road just in order to get the lights to change in my favour. I've even been advised (by a city official) to use the pedestrian crosswalks, rather than make a left-hand turn at such "defective" intersections, which again is frustrating, since motorists are never asked to do so. Is there a solution that evades me? (Keep in mind that I've contacted city officials regarding this matter, but they have no solution that would treat me the same as a motorist.)
In case it's unclear, certain vehicles (e.g., carbon-fibre bicycles/trailers, horses/buggies) will fail to get the buried metal detector to register their presence, and thus fail to get the lights to change. The same would occur if the buried detector's sensitivity were incorrectly set. My city very quickly adjusted the sensitivity of a nearby detector, but that's not going to help detect certain non-metallic or low-metal vehicles, and the city has no solution for them, other than advising them to push the "cross" button and/or use the crosswalks. That adds insult to the original injury (having to wait ages for the lights to [never] change), as it underlines that my daughter and I, our two legal vehicles, and our time, aren't very important in the minds of road planners and law enforcers.
Thanks for any clarification in this matter.
Failing that, would be to get the media imvolved and bring the ole' "green environment" thing in too.