Listening to Nicky Campbells phonein this morning I heard too many cyclists defending themselves for not stopping at traffic lights and too many motorists citing their behaviour as evidence that cyclists are a menace.
There is no excuse. Cyclists should stop at red lights just like any other road user. The campaign Stop at Red is inviting cyclists to sign up on it’s website. On the site they offer a number of simple reasons why it makes sense.
It has two general aims:
- To encourage cyclists to show courtesy towards other road users and pedestrians.
- To encourage greater compliance with the laws of the road.
The most convincing argument for me is the one that reminds cyclists that they don’t need to jump the lights because they are already on the fastest mode of transport in town.