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Cyclists permitted to pass red signals at traffic lights when clear to do so

Comment 1st July 2010

Cyclists should be free to use their judgement and common sense about crossing traffic lights or pedestrian crossings at a red signal. They should be encouraged to slow and check it is clear before crossing and shouldn't face fines for doing this. Only where they are being wreckless and inconsiderate of other road users should they face some form of prosecution.

Why does this matter?

Cycling should be actively encouraged and currently there are many cyclists across the country who are recognising the health and environmental  benefits that cycling brings. The number of cyclists is increasing at a rapid rate as other forms of transport become less attractive because of cost and the growing frustration of congested and delayed public transport.

More and more people are using cycling as a key everyday mode of transport and thus travelling further and for longer. Per kilometre of exposure, cycling is one of the riskiest forms of travel (DfT Road Accident Statistics 2010)

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