Embedded wire sensorThis means that a steel-framed bicycle has a good chance of triggering one if it's in the right place. It also depends on how your local public works department has set the sensitivity, which can be adjusted from the controller box. Atlanta, I've noticed, sets theirs so it does detect bicycles most of the time. Well, at least, my bicycle. I don't know about the aluminum and carbon fiber folks. There are a few frustrating exceptions, especially where I need to trigger a left-turn signal. And DeKalb County is hopeless. I simply have to run the light.
From what I understand, this is legal - a traffic light that is supposed to change when a vehicle is present, and fails to, is "malfunctioning" and malfunctioning lights should be treated like an all-way stop sign. Of course, the cars on the cross street don't realize it is "malfunctioning" so I wait for them to clear. If traffic is heavy, the light usually will get triggered by a car behind me, as long as I pull forward far enough.
Hopefully, our traffic engineers will become more sensitive to the needs of bicycle traffic and other lightweight vehicles, and start to adjust the sensors accordingly.