With 60% of people on cycles in London jumping red lights, it looks like some motorists would like to join in…..
As for white lines on pavements… Can anyone be surprised if cyclists behave like pedestrians, ignoring red lights and travelling in spaces reserved for walkers when the state paints white lines on pavements in a pretence that they are providing cycle facilities?
Subject: RE: Transport
Date:Mon, 5 Jun 2006 12:30:23 +0100
To:"CAMERON, David" , ….
Dear Mr Riches,
Thank you for your response to the transport proposals. The idea of
creating a cycling lane on part of a pavement was ringed around with the
1. It would be a local decision
2 It was only suggested if there were 2 good pavements, one on each side
of the road, and one of them was wide enough to accommodate both a safe cycle lane and a safe pavement.
The turn left at a red light would only be permitted if there was no
other person or vehicle wishing to use the road the vehicle was seeking
to turn into. Red would still mean Stop.
Sent: 02 June 2006 23:11
To: CAMERON, David
Feedback submitted from the Conservative Party Website.
Name: George Riches
I read with dismay the proposals from the Conservative Party's economic
competitiveness policy group.
If the turn to the nearside rule works out as it does in Shanghai, the
image of the Conservative Party as the Nasty Party will be resurrected.
"...A few years ago, Shanghai banned bicycles from a number of main
roads. Now pedestrians complain they are being targeted unfairly. Cars
are allowed to turn right at a red light but they are supposed to give
way to pedestrians. In reality, though, cars barge through the crowds
with horns blaring and receive no punishment…".
Source: Financial Times 2 Jun 2006.
"Shanghai campaign targets at jaywalking" By Geoff Dyer
I might add that putting cycle lanes on pavements is dangerous to both
pedestrians and cyclists. See