Cyclists break the law to stay safe
More than half of cyclists (57%) admit to having jumped a red light, with many doing so because they believe it is safer to get ahead of other traffic, according to the IAM’s latest poll.
54% of the 1,600 people polled said they believe that cyclists should adhere to the Highway Code at junctions, and 43% of cyclists said they would be less likely to jump red lights if advanced stop lines were more strongly enforced.
The poll also reveals that poor road layout and junctions are a big concern for almost half (48%) of the cyclists questioned. 73% admitted to riding on the pavement, citing reasons including incomplete cycle paths, or avoiding a busy section of road or a busy junction.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Cyclists are right to feel that roads are not cycle friendly enough, and this is reflected in their behaviour. But 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.
“The police need to enforce the law as strongly as they do for drivers. They also need to ensure that drivers are pulled up for crossing advanced stop lines that protect cyclists.”
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