I don't wait when the light turns green. Waiting still won't necessarily save you. LOOK, if you don't want to get blasted by somebody blowing a light. People can blow a light 10-20 seconds or more after it has turned red. LOOK, before you enter a lane. In the US, check left, then right, then left again as you start through the first lanes. As you reach the middle of the road, check right again before proceeding into that half of the road.
'8yrs in the Marines, 'almost a decade of knocking heads in the service industry, I took a ride out to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving at 41yrs old, and my mom confiscated my bike.