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Survey: majority of cyclists jump red lights
A survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed that 57 per cent of cyclists admit to jumping a red traffic light – with 14 per cent saying they do it ‘regularly’ or ‘sometimes’.
Nearly four in 10 cyclists say they do this because it is safer to get ahead of other traffic at the lights.
However, 54 per cent of cyclists also say that cyclists should improve their behaviour by observing the Highway Code at junctions.
The contradictory results highlight the perils of being a cyclist in the UK, says the IAM – and are stoking up a heated debate between cyclists and motorists.
“Cyclists are right to feel that roads are not cycle friendly enough, and this is reflected in their behaviour,” said IAM chief executive Simon Best.
Nearly half of all cyclists surveyed say poor road layout and junctions were the main concerns for them on the roads, which leads to them jumping red lights to improve their safety.
43 per cent say they would be less likely to jump a red light if cycle-friendly advance stop lines were enforced more strongly – 94 per cent of cyclists have seen a driver cross such a line.
However, added Best, “while poor junction design, inconsistent cycle paths and inconsiderate drivers put cyclists at risk, cyclists also have to help themselves.
“Changes to road layouts and junctions can improve safety for cyclists, but no junction will ever be safe for those who continue to jump red lights. It’s dangerous and illegal.”
Best called on the police to take strict action and enforce the law as strongly when cyclists jump red lights as they do for drivers. In addition, “they also need to ensure that drivers are pulled up for crossing advanced stop lines that protect cyclists.”
Interestingly though, being a cyclist does reduce the likelihood of jumping a red light when driving. 31.8 per cent of motorists who just drive admit to jumping a red light. For motorists who also cycle, this falls to 21.3 per cent.
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