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    Rawdon

    I too am old fashioned and stop at red lights and agree we are indeed in the minority, the constant rebuke I get when I challenge cyclists why they do this is...

    1. that it's none of my business and
    2. it's their life ...

    BUT neither is actually true:

    1. it IS my business, as a fellow cyclist law breakers give me a bad name and other road users disregard our safety as they feel it is already compromised

    2. it's NOT just their life... all too often I have witnessed pedestrians crossing at lights (quite legally)having to jump out of the way as a cyclist coming up from a line of traffic fails to see them and cannot stop in time.

    It is another reflection of people feeling they can disregard society's general rules as they are a "special group". I have no sympathy for drivers who break the law and who daily compromise road safety, but cyclists who jump red lights are only making it worse. How can we make progress on bus lane and mobile phone misuse to name but two causes of cyclist peril, when we are seen to disregard a fundamental road traffic law?

    Do cyclists who do this think it urban and 'EXTREME' to jump lights and junctions? A recent article in the Guardian on this gave rise to a number of spurious letters on momentum lost, energy efficiency and only doing it when it's safe ... if we have to think up such excuses then we really are in the wrong...

    what does anyone think!?


    Kevin

    Rawdon, totally agree, and thanks for these comments. I think the main reasons that some cyclists jump the lights are:

    1. because they can, unlikely to be hurt if they're careful or fined if they're lucky (£30 fines only in the City?)
    2. because it's quicker, and 'getting ahead' (esp of cars) is key for urban (male) cyclists
    3. because it's 'edgy' and fun and they see themselves as free-wheeling radicals
    4. because it's their perogative, if other road users do not recognise or pay attention to me as a cyclist, why should I pay attention to 'their' road laws?
    5. because they see other cyclists doing it (and being 'herd animals', we instinctively follow/imitate)

    People like the Guardian, The London Cycling Campaign and the broadcaster Robert Elms have all tacitly 'supported' law-breaking cyclists. It is a shame that more people are not supportive of cycling in London but critical of illegal, dangerous and downright discourteous cycling, which gets in the way of wider acceptance and take-up of cycling.

    I wonder what the Evening Standard's position is (they currently have a 'support London cycling' campaign)?

    Any thoughts on how to take this forward much appreciated. For example, how can TfL best communicate with the cycling 'fraternity' (sic)?

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