Keeping you up to speed
A survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) 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’.
Practice caution on the road, cyclists are back on the road again.
According to IAM, nearly 4 in 10 cyclists do this because it’s safer to get ahead of other traffic at the lights.
However, 54 per cent admit that cyclists should improve their behaviour by observing the Highway Code at junctions. The results of this survey are stirring up a heated debate between cyclists and motorists.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive says ‘Cyclists are right to feel that roads are not cycle friendly enough, and this is reflected in their behaviour’.
Nearly half of all cyclists surveyed suggested that poor road layout and junctions were the main concerns for them, leading to jumping the red light to improve their safety.
Should the police enforce the law for cyclists?
Drivers are often tarred with the same brush. A good piece of advice for motorists is to approach junctions and roundabouts with caution, now more and more drivers are stepping out of the car and back onto the bike for the spring.
Police forces are now obliged by central government to tackle issues flagged up by local communities. In the city, this tends to bring complaints about law flouting cyclists (Source: The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/16/police-cyclists-red-lights)
Cyclists are calling for changes in road layouts and junctions to make the roads more cycle friendly. Whilst it is considered that inconsiderate drivers also contribute as a factor for putting cyclists at risk, cyclists must help themselves according to Simon Best (IAM chief executive).
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, cyclists have a duty to obey all traffic signs and signals, meaning that the police are within its rights to enforce a £1,000 fine.
Our advice to drivers is to practice caution at all times on the road with more and more cyclists riding their bikes, look out for blind spots and always look twice before approaching a junction – it might just save you and somebody else’s life.