I’ve often asked cyclists that don’t stop at red their reasons behind their behaviour. More often than not they say something along the lines of
I don’t hurt anyone by doing it and it saves me time
But is that true? It’s been said that drivers often think that all cyclists jump red lights. And they expect that every cyclist is going to continue through a red light which has just changed from amber. This is probably one of the most dangerous things to do and often a cause of collisions at junctions.
It affects those of us who stop at red lights because the drivers aren’t expecting us to stop and they want to get across the junction, this can mean any cyclist stopping at a red light which has just changed is at risk from being shunted from behind.
I was lucky in the video below, the driver just missed me, I presume he thought I wouldn’t stop.