Streetmaps pish, fire them into Google Maps and lets see the streetview
Red Light jumper, 8am Victoria road, Glasgow
first one ( if this works) heading straight on from the point I have taken.
Dunno why I bother tho - I very much doubt you will agree with me even tho the first one is outside my house and the second I use often.
I don't always do it - it depends on the traffic conditions
Just catching up...
PeterPoddy - Member
That's a rather sweeping statement, to say it's based on such little knowledge....
I have all the knowledge I need, there are virtually no instances where RLJing is safe. Assuming you can flout the rules and still be safe and only risk yourself is narrow minded and stupid. Claiming it is for your own safety - slightly odd, if the junction is that dangerous to navigate on a bike, get off and cross on foot at the crossings/up the road a little, dont break the law and cheese off/endanger others because you cant be bothered getting off or slowing down. Its purely laziness.
Shandy - Member
RLJers who don't look around them you mean?
No, any of them. Anyone can make a mistake, red lights are there to stop you making mistakes that impact others. I could run red lights in my fast car, its fairly small, **** quick and very nimble, but doing so would be illegal and dangerous, just as it is on a bike.
Shandy - Member
And are your tyres made of plasticene? What speed were you doing you hooligan?!
No, my tyres are not plasticine and I was doing ~35 through a 40 zone in dry weather. Its fairly easy to scrub flat spots in car tyres with even a small skid.
Just catching up too...
red lights are there to stop you making mistakes that impact others.
Just not true. Red lights are appearing in places where they never used to be, generally to facilitate traffic flow at busy times, when traffic joining a road is heavy. T-junctions and now, irritatingly, roundabouts appear to have lights springing up all the time on them for this very reason.
Traffic lights on relatively minor roundabouts are a pet hate of mine, especially when it's quiet and the lights aren't part-time. This leads me on to:there are virtually no instances where RLJing is safe. Bollocks. There are several roundabouts close to home I cycle acros. Big roundabouts, good visibility and as we know, traffic only coming from your right. On an evening, the road is very quiet but the lights are still turned on. Are you telling me that you think I'm irresponsible to RLJ at these lights when I can clearly see there are NO other road users close to me, when I can clearly see there's nothing coming? Really?
And there are a lot of junctions around my way like this too...
EDIT: In case I haven't said this already, I don't jump every light. In fact, on balance, I probably stop at the vast majority. I'm just staggered on this thread that people can't accept that sometimes getting away while the lights on red before the rest of the traffic isn't a good idea when it's clearly safer to do so. I'm equally staggered that in situations when there is nobody around and the red light is pretty pointless, like I've described above, people on here are so well behaved that they'll stop and wait.
I'm guessing those people use a lot of coasters and doilies at home...
so what other vehicles do you think should be able to RLJ?
Horses? or maybe Bernie Clifton?
Had to chortle when two RLJ'ers came blasting through red lights/ green man and nearly hit me last night
iamtheresurrection - sure the lights may be there for another reason, but their presence and the green light to the other side gives THEM priority and means they will not be expecting anyone to be coming through, putting you legally and morally in the wrong. If you can't see any other vehicles, sure it can be annoying and I can see your point when that happens (theres a crossroads on my way home that is timed and has 100 yards visibility in all directions) but where do you draw the line?
"I can clearly see 100 yards in all directions"
"I can clearly see 30 yards in all directions"
"I could see and its rare for cars to come through at night"
"I can hear it's clear"
"I can dodge cars, im small and nimble"
? Just dont run reds and there's no questions asked. Why should a motorist have to pay for car repairs because you made a mistake and went through a red in their path? It does happen, regularly. When questioned I'm sure the cyclists who get hit or almost get hit claim the same .... " i can see" bla bla bla, but come to the crunch, if someone tried to get them to pay for body damage to the car after they were hit, or if someone swerved to avoid them and took out a passing pregnant lady, would the cyclist feel guilty? I doubt it. RLJers generally seem to be oblivious to the danger they cause, and will argue to the death that they are in fact not causing danger and they only do it when its safe.
Coffeeking - o this and on the previous thread several of us gave example where it is perfectly safe to RLJ but dangerous to wait for the green.
If you happen not to believe this is so then thats your choice. The second example I gave above is as clear an example of this as you can have. You can see all possible traffic heading to the junction, if you go before the green then you are infront of cars, if you wait for the green you end up alongside a car / in its blind spot on the left hand side exactly where they want to change lanes to the left.
Poor road design
TJ - same question as I [jokingly] posted above
What other road users do you think would be OK to RLJ [if it's safe ]?
I will not compromise my safety. If I have a choice between compromising my safety and breaking the road traffic law I break the law.
I do not RLJ for my convenience nor to save me stopping. I do it when it is the safest course of action
What about those really slow mopeds that can't accelerate anywhere near as quick as a bicycle?
D'you think they'd be OK?
Coffeeking. You've went from empathy with my post to asking how I pay for a car I hit...
This thread is full of sweeping generalisations (rare for STW, I know). In terms of issuing guidance as to what's safe, you can't. And nor do I want to.
I'm just saying that I jump red lights when I know (not think) it's safe to do so. I'm a reasonably bright bloke, and I refuse to hear from anyone on this thread that I'm not bright enough to know safe from dangerous, or reasonable or unreasonable.
You know, you're allowed to defend yourself with reasonable force. Bugger, how do you define reasonable? How about, in any given situation you use your nuggin?
this cross roads in edinburgh
(if it works)
is a one way along eyre place (from broughton st) but with a cycling lane allowed against the one way flow.
all cars sat at that set of lights (on broughton st) turn left across you. its hardly good for you to move off as a cyclist when the light turns green. you end up with a horn in your ear, and getting shouted at despite being in the right. and having the right of way.
ergo, it makes more sense to go on a red light/green man.
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