It's not just that they give us a bad name. They create resentment which breeds a dangerous attitude towards other cyclists. Every time I see a cyclist bust a red light I feel the roads get slightly more dangerous.
What absolute tosh GeeTee. The only resentment comes from being shut up in a little metal box travelling more slowly than someone on a bike. It has nothing to do with the 'law being broken' or those people would be raging at all the motorists who routinely break the law. Carlton Reid puts it very well here
this is just an extension of 'we won't build any cycle facilities until cyclists start behaving'. No more roads until motorists obey speed limits?
I see motorists jump red lights every single journey in London - It's actually rare not to see someone accelerate at amber and there are junctions where I see 3 or 4 cars blatantly jump red at every phase. Sometimes dangerously late - long enough that the other traffic has a green light. As a cyclist you see it much more as you're always at the front of the traffic queue in the other direction. As a motorist you wouldn't notice it. On my 45 minute commute I usually count over a dozen drivers blatantly using handheld mobile phones, a number obviously texting. Speed limits are routinely broken, bike boxes and cycle lanes not observed.
As far as I can see the law is doing nothing to protect me as a cyclist and I will do whatever I feel I need to do to keep myself safe until it does. Most of the time I'm a good citizen but occasionally I will cycle on the pavement and, if the road is clear, I will sometimes jump a red light to get away from the drag race that's about to start.
When I'm at my most militant I take the view that until the traffic laws are enforce to protect me I will treat them with contempt. "Cyclists refuse to obey red lights until speed limits are enforced" doesn't seem an unreasonable position to take to me.
The met put more effort into dealing with cycling offences than it did motoring last year. Thats not a harm reduction strategy, that's pandering to the daily mail.