I'm curious for some feedback on something I've noticed Toronto cyclists doing. Not sure if it's unique to the city, but I moved here two years ago and haven't seen it elsewhere, so I have to ask:
Running red lights isn't unique to Toronto cyclists, though surely the inordinate number of traffic signals on some bike routes (Harbord anyone?) makes it tempting. I have been known to run a red or two myself late at night, or after making absolutely sure there is no one coming. But that's not my issue here.
The thing that confuses me is the cyclists I see in front of me (as I don't look behind me most times ;)) who run the reds with impunity, and seem to think that by swerving into the pedestrian crosswalk while they do so, that it's legal, or safe or just generally cool.
Is there any logic to this whatsoever? It is certainly not legal, as you are still running the red light. You do not magically become a pedestrian when you ride in the pedestrian crossing. You are still crossing the path of the traffic/cyclists/pedestrians that have the green light, and would still get hit just as hard if someone with right of way didn't notice you coming.
I guess understand the psychology, sort of, that pedestrians cross red lights all the time (and rarely get ticketed, if ever) so that if you pretend to be a pedestrian with two wheels, maybe a cop or keen-eyed citizen observer would be less likely to hurl abuse or tickets at you.
But really, it seems like fantasy to me. And it's the kind of thing that makes people respect cyclists less as equal users of roads with cars and pedestrians.
Anyone have any wisdom on why this is so prevalent?