So riding up to the junction of Victoria Road/Allison Street this morning and lights at red. Guy on a bike in front of me decides to just go straight through, then saw him do the same at the next set of lights – on a blue road bike, courier bag, khaki shorts. Now at 8am this isn’t a mega busy junction – the main road I was on crosses a one way street at both sets of lights.
Now I can understand to some extent why on very busy junctions people on bikes feel justified to jump red lights as they feel they are ‘in danger’ if they go with the lights. I wouldn’t do it and if you ride on the road then you play by the rules. Anyway this isn’t a dangerous junction by any means so this guy obviously thinks the rules don’t apply to him.
Perhaps instead of jumping lights to get to your destination quicker you should learn to ride faster as even though you had about a 500 metre head start on me I still caught up with you by the time you got to the bus station.
The only thing you managed to achieve, and the reason it bothers me, is to piss off other road users – let’s hope they take their angst out on you and not me or some other cyclists who rides by the rules. Unfortunately other road users only remember the cyclists riding like an idiot not the ones following the highway code.
And yes I know people will come back with the argument that car drivers break the rules all the time, but that isn’t a valid argument.
And the reason for posting on here is that he looked the ‘type’ that would hang around on here. I’m sure if you’re reading this you know who you are.