I bike on the same streets and I know the traffic light cycles pretty well. I can tell what the light is doing several hundred yards before I get to it. This allows me to time the light just right. So rather than be standing at the light waiting for it to change I hit every light perfectly.
This coasting strategy can easily apply to car drivers too. Speed is a key element in accidents. See a red light ahead? Just chill out and go as slow as you can. You will turn your car in to a traffic calming device. save some gas, reduce your accident risk all at the same time.
Do you have any civil street strategies? Please email them to me. I will highlight the good ones on the blog.