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  • Do you jump red lights…?
  • Premier Icon teamhurtmore
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    Groundhog day.

    Does STW have automatic OP generators simply to keep the post counts up for the advertisers?

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Just strikes me as an “some people are eejits* so it’s OK for me to be an eejit too” argument.

    I see it as more of a “People in glass houses..” statement.

    I waited for a minute at some last night, nothing changed so I went through. Did god kill a kitten as a result?

    Keva
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    if it’s safe to go through it I do, obviously zooming across a busy junction when the light has been red for several seconds is plain stupid.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    AFAIK some automatic lights use induction coils in the road – so you might be okay on a proper steel bike – others rely on optical sensors spotting something vehicle shaped – so you might be okay if you are as fat as a car!

    Have you tried contacting the council to complain that the traffic lights are faulty? If they don’t detect a bicycle and won’t give you a phase then that is the case and they are legally obliged to fix them. They certainly have adjusted the sensitivity of ones with induction coils when I’ve complained (though as mentioned above they do keep reverting back – my suspicion is that the lower sensitivity is actually the default setting they revert back to after a power outage). If they’re using an optical sensor to detect cars they might have to do something more radical though!

    No need for a steel bike BTW – I only own one of those and it gets ridden very rarely. Alu frames will set off induction sensors just fine if they’re calibrated correctly. Carbon doesn’t, but then an alu rim works even better than an alu frame, being closer to the road surface. Can’t ever trip them on my carbon bike with carbon wheels, but then I accept the lights will always be faulty when riding that bike ๐Ÿ˜‰

    BruceWee
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    I RLJ in both my car and on my bike. I just do it in slightly different ways.

    The way I do it in the car is far more dangerous although I doubt anyone would even notice I was doing it.

    Junkyard
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    Sometimes ..more likely to do it in a car than on a bike TBH

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    I treat jumping red lights like the “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” observation.

    this sounds familiar…

    conversely, there’s at least 1 traffic light on my commute home that i will stop for at Green (i pull into a little side street), so that i can position myself nicely while the light is on red, and then proceed when the light turns green again.

    it’s a long junction, and uphill. it’s a bit scary if i’ve gone through green, and the lights change when i’m halfway across.

    yunki
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    I’ve yet to see a red light here, so couldn’t jump one even if I wanted to..

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I waited for a minute at some last night, nothing changed so I went through.

    A whole minute? Well I don’t think anyone can question your patience ๐Ÿ˜€

    No need for a steel bike BTW – I only own one of those and it gets ridden very rarely

    Shame. Not fit enough to ride a proper bike? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    acidchunks
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    always stop, gives me the opportunity to show off my amazeballs trackstanding skills…

    seriously though, if we expect to be recognised by motorists as having equal rights on the roads (which we do) we need to be seen to be observing the rules of the road. Don’t give them the ammunition and they’ll have nothing to throw at us.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Shame. Not fit enough to ride a proper bike?

    Well it is a fixie, and the terrain round here (or more accurately the hill I live at the top of) doesn’t make that the most suitable bike most of the time. Not really sure why I’m worried about the suitability of my transport choice though, given I spend more time on a uni than a bike nowadays!

    dogbert
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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np2akcsMtbU&feature=player_embedded#t=122s[/video]

    He doesn’t give a toss about the bike going through at red at 2mins 5secs (roughly), but quite happy to shake his head and note number plates at the cars…….he must be a hoot to be in the pub with “that is your third pint, are you going to operate any heavy machinery?”.

    Everyone has a choice, if cyclists want to flout the laws of the road then let them do it, no amount of debating will stop it, and if they get killed well then there is all the more road space for the rest of us. Yes everyone should be respectful of each other, but it doesn’t matter whether people are behind a steering wheel or handlebars, there are plenty of dicks out there.

    If I see a light changing, I just shut my eyes, floor it and start shouting out the window “I AM THE KNIGHT RIDER!!!!”

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    he must be a hoot to be in the pub with “that is your third pint, are you going to operate any heavy machinery?”

    That’s right – attack someone who is actively trying to do what he can about conditions on our roads, rather than just moaning about it on a forum during their coffee break. ๐Ÿ™„

    Premier Icon aracer
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    if they get killed well then there is all the more road space for the rest of us.

    Good point, well made ๐Ÿ™„

    Junkyard
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    if we expect to be recognised by motorists as having equal rights on the roads (which we do) we need to be seen to be observing the rules of the road. Don’t give them the ammunition and they’ll have nothing to throw at us.

    or perhaps motorists need to realise that , just like car drivers, some cyclists break the law but that is no reason to not treat them with the respect they need/deserve as vulnerable road users,

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    or perhaps motorists need to realise that , just like car drivers, some cyclists break the law but that is no reason to not treat them with the respect they need/deserve as vulnerable road users,

    Good luck with that.

    I’ve tried at various times to point out to such people that 99% of motorists (including me) will have broken the highway code (and the law) at least once on their journey.

    Apparently that’s different. Usually due to something about “road tax”, outdated laws, nitpicking, revenue generation or “war on the motorist”.

    if we expect to be recognised by motorists as having equal rights on the roads (which we do) we need to be seen to be observing the rules of the road. Don’t give them the ammunition and they’ll have nothing to throw at us.

    I’m quite tired of seeing this argument. I don’t break any rules, yet somehow i can’t argue for better conditions because someone i’ve never met is acting like a dick on a bike somewhere?!

    dogbert
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    That’s right – attack someone who is actively trying to do what he can about conditions on our roads, rather than just moaning about it on a forum during their coffee break.

    Not attacking “him” for whatever he is trying to achieve, just pointing out that if you’re going to go to the extent of sitting editing a video to point out peoples flouncing of laws, at least have the decency to make it a balanced argument.

    After watching another of his video’s, while I agree that the driving shown is appalling, he somehow waters down his own argument by indicating wht cyclists don’t or are not expected to do/have as reasons not to drive too close. The overriding argument really is that the UK never invested in a cycle centric infrastructure making it safer for cyclists by getting them as far away from cars and trucks as possible – for examples look at San Francisco and Portland, even Edinburgh has marked paths (albeit not perfect) to navigate the city.

    Junkyard
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    Good luck with that.

    what do you think STW is if not training for arguing with irrational fools ๐Ÿ˜‰

    rkk01
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    A very well written piece…

    The argument about gaining respect etc, by obeying the rules is well rehearsed… For me, this was one of the most important bits:

    Similarly, Cohen โ€” quite rightly โ€” saying that cyclists โ€œare a third thing, a distinct mode of transportation, requiring different practices and different rulesโ€. I wrote as much myself, in my unified theory of New York biking. But that theory was based on the idea that the tragedy of New York cycling is that everybody โ€” pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists โ€” treat cyclists too much like pedestrians. Cohen, by contrast, says that โ€œmost of the resentment of rule-breaking riders like me, I suspect, derives from a false analogy: conceiving of bicycles as akin to carsโ€. I wish that New Yorkers would conceive of bicycles as akin to cars: pedestrians would look first before stepping out in front of us; cars would respect our right to be on the road; and fellow cyclists wouldnโ€™t endanger everybody by riding the wrong way down the street.

    I too want cyclists to be recognised as a component of the traffic – not as an adjunct to a pedestrian activity. We need to be seen as part of the traffic flow, and for other drivers behaviour, and more importantly, for road designers to incorporate our needs.

    To me, this is the most annoying sign to be seen…

    This sign demotes cyclists from road users to pedestrians with an accompaniement

    It demonstrates planners / designers utter disregard for cyclists as a mode of transport. Do we ask car drivers to get out an push their cars in to parking bays??? Because that is the equivalent ๐Ÿ™„

    alex222
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    Do you jump red lights…?

    Yes

    mikeconnor
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    what do you think STW is if not training for arguing with irrational fools

    How ironic that you yourself make such a statement.

    I’m quite tired of seeing this argument. I don’t break any rules, yet somehow i can’t argue for better conditions because someone i’ve never met is acting like a dick on a bike somewhere?!

    But surely that’s the way of the world? To judge the many for the actions of the few?

    Anyone who says they have never jumped a red light is either lying or has never ever ridden a bike in a large town or city.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    he somehow waters down his own argument by indicating wht cyclists don’t or are not expected to do/have as reasons not to drive too close

    Are you watching the same guy? CycleGaz? Who runs http://www.sillycyclists.co.uk/ which is solely dedicated to presenting videos of cyclists with terrible roadcraft as an example of what not to do.

    I think he has a fair bit of balance. This particular video was just made as a reply to the “Cyclists Always Jump Red” charge.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    To me, this is the most annoying sign to be seen…

    I always take that sign as an admission by the road planner that he’s rubbish at his job.

    Junkyard
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    Mike you may disagree with me and miss the point of my demonstration of how insulting and antagonising does not help you win arguments with folks if you wish but everyone else got it. It was not personal and I am happy to apologise if you took it as such.

    However it is a step further, and granted belittling and insulting folk seems to come as naturally to you as breathing [ so may bearing grudges???] , to suggest I am irrational because I disagree with you

    PS the wink icon means it was a joke that probably did not deserve such deep analysis either laugh, chuckle , smile or ignore

    i assume that sign means its time for a break in the nations fantastic cyclepaths and that for a short time only the cyclists should get off their bike and walk due to a narrow pavement.

    if i’m on the road then it doesn’t apply to me ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    bazwadah
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    I dont jump lights – getting stopped at reds prevents me getting too serious about Strava results (thats my excuse and I’m sticking with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). In response to the ‘Cyclists Dismount’ sign – there is one either side of a canal-side pub on my route. If I am passing during opening hours I ALWAYS dismount, If earlier/ later than opening hours I ride past slowly. a lot of these cycling specific signs don’t make allowance for cyclist having common sense.

    acidchunks
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    I’m quite tired of seeing this argument. I don’t break any rules, yet somehow i can’t argue for better conditions because someone i’ve never met is acting like a dick on a bike somewhere?!

    I’m not saying you can’t argue for better road conditions for cyclists, merely trying to get across that its difficult to be heard when large numbers of cyclists are disregarding the rules.

    good for you for obeying the lights but from what I see on a daily basis we’re in the minority.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I always take that sign as an admission by the road planner that he’s rubbish at his job.

    Yep – it basically means “F*** it, I give up”.

    I particularly liked the sign at Newcastle Quayside the other day. “NCN 72 Cycle Route Closed For Olympic Event – Follow Diversion” with the arrow taped over because they hadn’t actually bothered to provide the diversion. What exactly was I supposed to do there?

    (My answer: ignore it and cycle up the obviously empty quayside where no event was really taking place)

    brakes
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    I struggle with long sentences, but for the record, no I don’t.
    regardless of whether it’s safe or not, I think it’s massively anti-social and gives other road users a big reason to hate us which causes problems when you’re sharing the road with them.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I ride on a National cycleway to work, which has Cyclists Dismount signs on it! Not that anyone does…

    The Fopster
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    I treat them the same on my bike as I do in my car. Stop unless they are defective.

    I do dismount and walk the bike across the pedestrian crossing at a cross roads then remount and carry on from the other side. Seems a legal way of keeping going?

    mikeconnor
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    There’s an olympic event in Newcastle?

    MrSalmon
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    For me it’s about perception, who people identify with and how they respond to what they do.

    I’d like to see a lot more people reconsider the role of the car in their lives and society in general, which I reckon/hope would lead to things like: People in cars not seeing cyclists as annoying irrelevancies, less school runs being done in virtually empty 4X4s, town centres being dominated by people instead of cars, etc etc.

    IMO the views of ‘the middle’ are key to this. Most folk are more-or-less decent, reasonable people, and I think they’re more likely to consider their own behaviour in light of the behaviour of other people that they identify with and have some sort of respect for.

    So they’re more likely to wonder if they should give cycling to work a go after chatting to Dave down the corridor who bikes to work every day and seems like a pretty normal bloke, and maybe more likely to wait a few seconds extra for that cyclist to pass the junction before pulling out when they’re on their way home.

    I think they’re less likely to identify with those crusties on tall bikes, or those twunts in tights who blow through the lights every day while everybody else waits, or that Critical Mass lot who made a point of trying to ride down that road that they knew they couldn’t because the Olympics is on, FFS. Cyclists? To$$ers.

    Anyway, that’s part of my take on the whole ‘road manners’ vs ‘I’ll do what I like cos I can, and anyway everybody else does it’ thing. Hopelessly naive maybe…

    So a lot of you run red lights do you also do the same on zebra crossings when someone is crossing?

    Clong
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    Yes and no. There’s only one set off lights on the way commute and like others have said they don’t always detect a cyclist. So i either wait or jump them.

    Having said that, on one occasion i did stop at a red light a driver just piled straight into back of me. He claimed he didn’t know what i was doing and just carried on through a red light. So stunned was i at his stupidity, i forgot to give him back his wing mirror that i liberated from his car…

    There was a thread earlier on in the week that quoted Bella Bathurst, that pretty much summed up my feelings on bikes and road law. Something along the lines of roads laws ignoring the cyclist, so cyclists felt they had no choice but to ignore the rules.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    There’s an olympic event in Newcastle?

    Either that or someone has started selling shiny tracksuits to immigrants and tourists as they get off the plane. ๐Ÿ˜€

    (We have the football plus assorted “halo” events)

    Hence the big rings on the Tyne Bridge in my piccy the other day:

    _tom_
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    I don’t really ride anywhere with lights but on the rare occasion that I do, if I can see that the road is definitely clear from all directions I’ll go through it. If I can see someone about to cross a zebra but I know I’ll be across way before they get to my side I’ll go over it. I probably wouldn’t if there was a risk of points/a fine like there is with a car..

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