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damiancugley From: damiancugley Date: November 14th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Sharing the road

I stop at red lights, because that is the law, but I don’t entirely blame other cyclists for crossing when there is no motor traffic—it is safer then than waiting for the cars to be following you across the intersection.

I am somewhat bewildered by the sketchy or absent lights I see on many bikes around town—if you can afford the trendy jeans and iPod, surely you have enough cash to afford basic working lights that attach to the bike? On the other hand, from what I know of the circumstances of cycling fatalities in Oxford, none would have been saved by having bike lights on.

What annoys me most is unhelpful road layouts and cycle-hostile traffic-calming measures—which in Oxford should have been dealt with decades ago, but I guess gold-chased alabaster litter bins have higher priority.
jinty From: jinty Date: November 14th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sharing the road

I think cyclists should always stop at red lights not only because it's the law, but also because they will then be more predictable on the part of other road users. If you get some people who run a red light and others who don't then you have two lots of traffic to look out for, as a pedestrian.

If anything, I get more outraged by cyclists doing silly things than I do any other kind of road user. Though I do fear pedestrians who step out unexpectedly in front of cyclists, too.
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