Red Lights

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints from motorists about cyclists is their tendency to ignore red lights.

Cyclists who do this are in the minority, however, there are obvious rules of the road that are being ignored when a cyclist jumps a red light.

Rule 176 of the Highway Code states that at junctions controlled by traffic lights,

“You must not move forward over the white line when the red light is showing. Only go forward when the traffic lights are green if there is room for you to clear the junction safely or you are taking up a position to turn right. If the traffic lights are not working, treat the situation as you would an unmarked junction and proceed with great care.”

The Road Traffic Act 1988, section 36 also states

“Where a traffic sign, being a sign—

(a) of the prescribed size, colour and type, or

(b) of another character authorised by the Secretary of State under the provisions in that behalf of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, has been lawfully placed on or near a road, a person driving or propelling a vehicle who fails to comply with the indication given by the sign is guilty of an offence” The best advice to give is simply not to do it. Skipping red lights not only puts other people's lives in danger, but it also puts you, as a vulnerable road user, at extreme risk.

Cyclist running the red


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