More than half of cyclists admit to jumping red lights

Posted on 14th May 2012 By Steve Clark

More than half of cyclists jump red lights, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Some 57% of 1,600 cyclists surveyed by the IAM admitted to jumping red lights, while 38% claimed it was “safer” to do so, as it put them ahead of other traffic.

However 54% say that cyclists needed to improve their behaviour and stick to the Highway Code.

IAM chief executive Simon Best says: “The police need to enforce the law as strongly when cyclists put themselves and others at risk by jumping the lights, as they do for drivers.”

According to the Freight Transport Association there were 13 fatal collisions between LGVs and cyclists in London alone during 2011.

Its Cycling Code can be read here.