Great report from BikePortland on a study about how many cyclists are going through red lights. What can be done to address the 6% who still go through red lights?
Going through a red light is not only disrespectful to the safety of other road users, but is a breach of the social contract. Red lights are there to allow pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers to cross the intersection, whether they are there or not.
Not waiting 30-60 seconds for a green is essentially giving the finger to the rest of society. Why should anyone respect you as a road user after you give them the finger?
We’ve all met that person who cant seem to talk about bikes without complaining about “the cyclists” who are “always running” red lights.
Next time you cross paths with them, you might want to mention a new study suggesting that speeding in a car on local streets is at least six times more common than running a red light on a bike.
Nearly 94 percent of people riding bikes in Portland, Beaverton, Corvallis and Eugene stopped for red lights, a forthcoming Portland State University-based study of 2,026 intersection crossing videos has found. Of those, almost all 89 percent of the total followed the rules perfectly, while another 4 percent entered the intersection just before the light changed to green.
Read full story: BikePortland.org » 94% of bike riders wait at red lights, study finds.