Cyclists appear to frequently jump red lights with over 4,000 cyclists
being issued Fixed Penalty Notices after being caught jumping red lights or
ignoring other road signs in one year.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists have also revealed in their research
that 57% of cyclists admit to running red lights whilst a YouGov poll
revealed that 35% of cyclists at least “occassionally” ignore red lights
[making 92% of pedal cyclists into actual or potential red-light jumpers].
However, statistics show that ‘Disobeyed automatic traffic signal’ (which
includes red light jumping) was assigned by the police to 1% of pedal
cycles involved in reported incidents where a contributory factor was
assigned to one of the vehicles involved. This is roughly the same
percentage assigned to cars and suggests that red light jumping is just as
dangerous regardless of whether the perpetrator is a cyclist or a motorist.