Excellent post about running "defective" red-lights on your bike @ CommuteByBike.Com.
"Me: I commute by bike and the majority of the traffic signals I encounter during my trip aren’t triggered by a bicycle. In that situation, is it appropriate to run the red light?
Officer: Bike riders are required to obey all traffic laws. I see your problem but I must tell you what the ordinances state. You could trip the pedestrian push button. See if that helps.
Me: Yes, it is a Catch 22. I have been doing exactly what you suggest with the pedestrian push buttons (when they are available) however that entails my having to, sometimes, jaywalk in order to get to the button.... "