Should cyclists be allowed to jump red lights to stay safe?
A journalist from the Telegraph suggests that the best way for a cyclist to stay safe is to “sometimes break the law”, and that “cyclists should be allowed to jump red lights”.
Chris Harvey wrote his piece after being stopped by the police for jumping a red light – something he admits to doing regularly while cycling because he believes it improves his personal safety.
In the Telegraph article, he says: “I'm pretty careful, I don't endanger pedestrians, I don't slow cars down. And sometimes the best way to stay safe for a cyclist is to go through a red light. If you cycle regularly, you know this.
“There are many who believe that the higher incidence of deaths among women cyclists are because they are more likely to follow the rules, more likely to be waiting patiently behind the stop line on the left hand side of the road when a lorry turns left and crushes them under its wheels. Most cyclists want to get as far away from cars, buses and lorries as they can.”
Despite this, he goes on to point out that one of the first acts of Andrew Gilligan, London’s new cycling tsar (who is also a Telegraph columnist), will be to crack down on ‘bad’ cyclists by promoting a new £30 on the spot fine for red light offenders.
Chris Harvey adds: “Personally, I think cyclists should have an intermediate status between pedestrian and car, and be allowed to cross on a green man, while giving way to pedestrians. At least, under those circumstances, a cyclist will be aware that someone is likely to be stepping out into the road in front of them.
“Perhaps an even-handed solution would be to introduce £30 spot fines to crack down on ‘bad’ pedestrians, who step into the road without looking.”
Click here to read the full Telegraph report.
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