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 Posted 15/11/2012 22:56:03
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A big crackdown on red light jumping cyclists on my commute in recently - mostly mornings but less so in the evenings as well. Police on bikes, motorbikes, cars & foot at regular haunts of the lemming cyclist. They've been picking up a lot of them from what I can tell.

Fair play to them, red light jumping cyclists piss me off - they're a danger to anyone innocently riding through a green light and when I'm cycling they forever ride past at the red lights and then get in the way 100 yards further down the road riding at 10mph.

Now, if the police could just do something about the seemingly increasing numbers of cars, vans and buses doing the same - did everyone suddenly go colour blind in the last couple of weeks or something?


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 Posted 15/11/2012 23:01:06
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yup also noticed that on the A3 around kennington area...

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 Posted 15/11/2012 23:08:15
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I don't know why they bother really, there are much more pressing issues to deal with in my opinion... Like the recent survey that suggested over half the vehicles in London had less than the legal tyre tread depth...

Or perhaps they could crack down on the chronic lack of indicator use. Or using a phone whilst at the wheel. Or sitting in lane 2/3/4 when lane 1 is completely clear...

Just my 2pence. I suppose there are nice fines to be had though from red light jumping cyclists... Or am I just being cynical...
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 Posted 16/11/2012 05:24:59
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I think they should get rid of the traffic lights. When they used to pack up at Vauxhall the traffic flowed better than it ever did when they were working. ;)


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 Posted 16/11/2012 06:14:18
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A big crackdown on red light jumping cyclists on my commute in recently - mostly mornings but less so in the evenings as well. Police on bikes, motorbikes, cars & foot at regular haunts of the lemming cyclist. They've been picking up a lot of them from what I can tell.

Fair play to them, red light jumping cyclists piss me off - they're a danger to anyone innocently riding through a green light and when I'm cycling they forever ride past at the red lights and then get in the way 100 yards further down the road riding at 10mph.

Now, if the police could just do something about the seemingly increasing numbers of cars, vans and buses doing the same - did everyone suddenly go colour blind in the last couple of weeks or something?



No but the lack of enforcement means the chance of getting away with it is very high.  So people break the law.




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 Posted 16/11/2012 08:16:39
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yeah they ran out of police when I saw then the other morning at 645am ..... !! (A3 kennington tube)

agree with the others  ....that mobile phones would be where I would spend my money on the police...

they are cherry picking "safe" red light jumpers at an easy to spot place  ... would rather they look at the "dangerous riding" when folks run reds on cycles in much more awkward places ...
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 Posted 16/11/2012 09:00:46
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I agree that the lights they're stopping people at are relatively 'safe' to jump but a crackdown is long overdue down there. I guess they know they'll get big numbers there and the more people you catch, the more word will get out that it is enforced - people who jump red lights on the straight road in Kennington are probably the same people who appear in front of you having jumped a 'dangerous' red light

I cycle in down that route 3 or 4 times a week and it's not that much of a hardship to stop at the red lights.

It's a habit that needs to be broken, if only to stop the standard daily mail reader response of "yeah, I swerved into a cycle lane while talking on the phone but I'll start looking where I'm going when cyclists stop jumping red lights, riding on the pavement and eating babies"

What would be good is if the team of cops doing the red light checks could be a roving traffic crackdown team - maybe set up to catch mobile phone drivers one week, unroadworthy cars the next etc. I doubt they'd be short of work even if they parked up in the same place in Kennington every day.

A couple of cyclist/biker cops could make a massive difference to road safety for a relatively modest outlay, maybe even set up a voting/contact page on the met police website where people can state what their major concerns are.

It'll never happen of course.


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