Erm...did you ever try just riding over to the pedestrian signal
button and pushing it?
If this is too techincal for you, take a loop of 22 awg wire about 4
feet long and wind it into a coil about 1 inch in diameter and imbed
it under the insole of your shoe at about the ball of your
foot...wave your foot over the sensor loop and the light will
trip...eventually, depending on the DOT-programmed delay which in my
experience in washington state can be anywhere from instant to 20
If this doesn't work, consult your local DOT for
faulty/poorly-controlled traffic signals or just run the light using
your grey matter over the influence of a simple traffic light and go
when it's clear...If it's a main thoroughfare that you are crossing,
just ride up to the pedestrian signal instead of standing in the
middle of the street for hours like an idiot...
There is no techie solution for government stupidity (especially the
DOT), you just have to do it the lemming way anyway....If that still
doesn't work, think for yourself and go when it's safe...