Bikes Running Red Lights

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Andrew Swan, Sep 10, 2003.

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  1. Hippy

    Hippy Guest

    "troyq" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Normally, no problem, wait for pedestrians... however it turns out to be school kids pressing the
    > button while walking by with no intention of crossing the road.

    I would roll through it. Depends if there were cars stopped there also. I always stop if there are
    cars around but if not and the intersection is clear (easier for cyclists to tell this than cars) I
    would roll on through. I generally try and set a good example on the bike because if something
    happens, I was following the law and it will be the other person's fault (hopefully). e.g. I can
    ride all the way to work without lights just fine, but I will use them to 1) stop drivers having a
    sook because I'm not using lights and 2) if there is an accident, the other party will not be able
    to get out of paying for it by claiming I was breaking the law.

    If the streets are deserted then I'll go through. At a reduced bike speed there's never been
    anything I didn't see before entering an intersection. I think the only time I will go through red,
    while cars or people are present would be in a bunch. That's always tricky - half the people want to
    stop for the light the other half will go through - I've experience a couple of interesting bunch
    splits with this confusion.

    I'm also guilty of riding on footpaths. Hell, I've even ridden a bike without a helmet! Oooh!

    Before I started regular commuting I would break many more rules though so at least I'm
    improving :p

    I don't think what we do really makes a difference to drivers though. They break the law too and get
    just as annoyed with other drivers breaking the law.

    What about speed limits on a bike? Who here sees a 60kph sign on a nice long downhill and actually
    slows to 60? I bet a lot of the people replying to this thread claiming they never break any law
    have exceeded the limit in a
    40/40/60 kph zone.

    Does everyone here indicate, EVERY time? What about if taking your hand off the bars would
    negatively effect your balance/steering ability and jeopardise your safety?

    Actually, has everyone here read EVERY road rule that applies to bicycles? I don't even know where
    to find 'em and frankly I'm more interested in staying alive than reading up on road laws.

    Oh, another one.. what about drafting vehicles? Anyone sat on a truck for more than 200m? (or
    something like that - like I said I don't read the law books). I've seen something about 'drafting
    is naughty' before...

    Hmm.. that was a bit of a rant.. sorry, bad day.

    hippy who is still alive after ~15 years riding on the road and is sure he obeys more rules than a
    lot of people - many Beach Rd riders for example!
     


  2. RideToEat

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    Crikey! Considering how many cyclists I see running red lights, there's a lot of saintly people on this group! (Having said that, there's a lot of bikers out there who aren't excited enough about biking to jump on usenet and talk about it...)
    I only say this because it sh*ts me so much when people run red lights.


    As for me, I wait at pedestrian and intersectional traffic lights alike. I'll usually press the pedestrian button if I want it to change (which is still illegal to mount the footpath!)
     
  3. Hippy

    Hippy Guest

    "Liz" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Does everyone always stop at pedestrian lights? NO! Well not car
    drivers
    > anyway. I went for a walk the other day and came to a pedestrian only crossing
    on a
    > moderately busy road. Pushed the button, waited for the little green
    man to
    > appear, checked to see that the approaching car really was stopping,
    then
    > started to cross. Then another car came up from behind, beeped its
    horn,
    > swerved past the stopped car and continued full speed through the intersection. Gave me quite
    > a fright.

    Join the club.. I see drivers go through red lights almost every cycle change at the intersection
    near work. Myself and my workmates have occasionaly been in front of these d&*k heads as they speed
    through. Quite different to rolling through an empty ped crossing at 5kph.

    hippy
     
  4. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    Dont top post Liz...

    : Specially when it's a 4WD that's just stopped to deliver a child at
    school,
    : and is turning into a major road.

    Funny you should say that. I was driving the other day through school hours and had a mother in her
    4wd bohemoth tail gating me for about 10k's as I was keep the limit at 60. The speed dropped to 40
    for the school zone and the road went to two lanes. She proceeded to floor the car up to about 70.
    She had her truck full of kids and was racing to drop them to school. She pulled up straight in
    front of the school.
     
  5. Ritch

    Ritch Guest

    Andrew Swan <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > Another thread talked about cops running red lights. This prompts me to ask, do you run
    > red lights:
    >
    [snip]

    You're unlikely to find anyone here on usenet to admit they run through red lights. Much more likely
    to find that everyone is an angel and frowns on other people's transgressions. Since most usenet
    posters can also ride faster than the transgressors, we can politely tell them their behaviour
    diminishes our road user's rights in the eyes of motorists.

    Of course, we know what we _ought_ to do, but the commuters that ride in through Pyrmont in Sydney
    almost exclusively blow through the lights wherever possible. Not me tho', honest guv.

    Careful though - it's hard to get sympathy from the nurses when they find out what you did
    to get hit.

    Ritch.
     
  6. Andy Simpson

    Andy Simpson Guest

    "Andrew Lighten" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Andrew Swan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    > > Another thread talked about cops running red lights. This prompts me to ask, do you run red
    > > lights:
    > >
    > > (a) never
    > > (b) depends if there's anyone watching

    <blah>

    > > (i) if I've been waiting ages and they haven't changed (which is actually legal, as the in-road
    > > sensors can't always [never?] detect bikes and not all lights are on a timer all day)
    >
    > Never ever ever.
    >
    > (1) I want all other road users to respect me as a rightful user of the road, and to do so, it's
    > important that I follow the rules that they need
    to
    > abide by.
    >
    > (2) I'm kinda lucky to be here today after being hit (in a car) by a drunk running a red light
    > late one night. Came through a crossroads
    (Melbournians:
    > corner of Springfield Rd and Blackburn Rd) and hit the front right guard
    of
    > my car, spinning me around a few times while he speared off into a power pole. A few feet further
    > and it would have been the driver's door that he hit, not the guard. I was very lucky to walk away
    > with a few cracked ribs and a thumping headache.
    >
    > (3) Accidents happen at intersections, not when you're idling along some country lane "Famous
    > Five" style. Life is precious, people. We gotta take care out there.

    So what do you do in situation (i) ? We have two known sets of lights around here that don't
    detect bikes.
     
  7. > So what do you do in situation (i) ? We have two known sets of lights
    around
    > here that don't detect bikes.

    Any pedestrian crossings on those intersections? Buttons you can hit?
     
  8. Hippy

    Hippy Guest

    "Andrew Lighten" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > > So what do you do in situation (i) ? We have two known sets of
    lights
    > around here that don't detect bikes.
    >
    > Any pedestrian crossings on those intersections? Buttons you can hit?

    By the time you get up onto the curb and press the button, wouldn't the light have already changed?
    Surely the light's default mode isn't "red" - someone must've activated the crossing for it to
    change - so it will change back, right? Or if it's an intersection, they cycle through so both
    directions get a run - don't they? If the traffic is _that_ infrequent that you have to go over to a
    ped crossing and hit the button - surely you could safely go through?

    hippy
     
  9. Cody

    Cody Guest

    "Andrew Swan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Another thread talked about cops running red lights. This prompts me to ask, do you run
    > red lights:

    I have never run a red light in or on any vehicle, I can't bring myself to do it.
     
  10. Al User

    Al User Guest

    Andy Simpson wrote:

    > "Andrew Lighten" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    > So what do you do in situation (i) ? We have two known sets of lights around here that don't
    > detect bikes.
    >
    >

    Have you written to or contacted the authority that looks after the lights? Here in Vic, if Vicroads
    gets a complaints, they will call out the techs to adjust the sensitivity of the detector.

    Al
     
  11. When would I run a red?

    having been hit by a car about 6 years ago, under controlled race conditions, the answer is :

    a) Never.

    As a motorist, as well as a cyclist, nothing annoys me more than seeing a cyclist go sailing through
    a red light just because they can...

    Most cyclists (you ask Critical Mass) want equal road usage rights, and IMHO, equal rights to the
    roads, INCLUDES following the documented road rules, of which one is stopping at a red light...

    "Andrew Swan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Another thread talked about cops running red lights. This prompts me to ask, do you run
    > red lights:
    >
    > (a) never
    > (b) depends if there's anyone watching
    > (c) depends if there's any drivers watching
    > (d) depends if there's any bike/car cops watching
    > (e) depends if there's any cops watching
    > (f) depends if there's any danger to me
    > (g) depends if there's any danger to anyone else
    > (h) if the light goes red when the bunch I'm in is halfway through (might be a special case of (g)
    > or not)
    > (i) if I've been waiting ages and they haven't changed (which is actually legal, as the in-road
    > sensors can't always [never?] detect bikes and not all lights are on a timer all day)
    >
    > <soapbox> My opinion is this: if the only person you affected when you ran a red was yourself, I'd
    > say do what you like - it's your money/health if you get fined/injured. However, it's not just
    > about you. Like it or not, 80% of motorists (i.e. ignoring the extreme ends of the bell curve)
    > will show cyclists respect and consideration in direct proportion to the regard that we (as a
    > body) show for the road rules. You can't expect motorists to honour your road rights (e.g. a lane
    > to yourself) if you flout your obligations on the road. </soapbox>
    >
    > P.S. This sounds like a troll, but it's something I actually feel strongly about. Surely the
    > inconvenience of stopping at a few lights (and let's face it, there's usually no good
    > reason why you can't, if you're riding responsibly) is worth it if it means we get better
    > treatment in general? I know we are all equal road users in the eye of the law, but the
    > reality is when push comes to shove, 1000kg of metal beats 8-20 kg of bike. We need all the
    > goodwill we can generate, because if it turns into a jungle, we are the mewling baby birds
    > on the forest floor.
    >
    > P.P.S. If this was really a troll, I would have x-posted to aus.cars! :)
    >
    > &roo
     
  12. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones Guest

    "Andrew Morris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > When would I run a red?
    >
    > having been hit by a car about 6 years ago, under controlled race conditions, the answer is :
    >
    > a) Never.
    >
    > As a motorist, as well as a cyclist, nothing annoys me more than seeing a cyclist go sailing
    > through a red light just because they can...
    >
    > Most cyclists (you ask Critical Mass) want equal road usage rights, and IMHO, equal rights to the
    > roads, INCLUDES following the documented road rules, of which one is stopping at a red light...
    >

    On a slight divergence; from my one ride with critical mass, pissing off drivers by holding up whole
    major intersections during peak hour is perhaps not the most effective way of doing it.

    Tim
     
  13. Pc

    Pc Guest

    On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 11:47:06 +1000, "Tim Jones" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> Most cyclists (you ask Critical Mass) want equal road usage rights, and IMHO, equal rights to the
    >> roads, INCLUDES following the documented road rules, of which one is stopping at a red light...

    >On a slight divergence; from my one ride with critical mass, pissing off drivers by holding up
    >whole major intersections during peak hour is perhaps not the most effective way of doing it.

    Not the most effective way of doing what? Cyclists having a good time and gaining some confidence in
    on-road riding? CM is great for that..

    Cyclists have just as much right to be on the roads at 6pm as anyone else does.. Any other day at
    6pm you'd see mostly cars engaging in their own weird rituals (Homer Simpson described one such
    ritual quite well as: gas brake honk, gas brake honk, honk honk punch, gas gas gas, but there are
    hundreds more) and that's not that different.. The number of queued cars blocking intersections
    citywide at any given point of a CM ride is probably greater than the number of CM riders anyway..

    PC
     
  14. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones Guest

    "PC" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 11:47:06 +1000, "Tim Jones" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >> Most cyclists (you ask Critical Mass) want equal road usage rights, and IMHO, equal rights to
    > >> the roads, INCLUDES following the documented road rules, of which one is stopping at a red
    > >> light...
    >
    > >On a slight divergence; from my one ride with critical mass, pissing off drivers by holding up
    > >whole major intersections during peak hour is
    perhaps
    > >not the most effective way of doing it.
    >
    > Not the most effective way of doing what? Cyclists having a good time and gaining some confidence
    > in on-road riding? CM is great for that..
    >

    Not a good way of inducing motorists to look favourably upon cyclists.

    What I was talking about specifically was that I have no issue with the ride, even taking up several
    lanes for a few hundred cyclists to go around the city. The ride I went on however culminated in
    stopping in the middle of a busy intersection, whooping, someone holding their bicycle over their
    head and not moving on.

    It was after they stayed still in the middle of the intersection for a few minutes saying some
    speaches that I could not hear from the back that I decided to move on before it got ugly.

    > Cyclists have just as much right to be on the roads at 6pm as anyone else does..

    Completely agree, and as most people have said in this thread, they look at traffic violations as
    something which tars all cyclists.

    > Any other day at 6pm you'd see mostly cars engaging in their own weird rituals (Homer Simpson
    > described one such ritual quite well as: gas brake honk, gas brake honk, honk honk punch, gas gas
    > gas, but there are hundreds more) and that's not that different. The number of queued cars
    > blocking intersections citywide at any given point of a CM ride is probably greater than the
    > number of CM riders anyway..
    >

    That may well be, and if the ride is meant to celebrate cyclists enjoyment of the roads that is
    fine and it serves its purpose. If it is however there to promote equal road use for cyclists, it
    is just pissing off the motorists. It is not making them see your point, they will just sit in
    their car fuming.

    It will promote equal road use to the cyclists, but this is just preaching to the converted.

    Tim
     
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  16. Pc

    Pc Guest

    On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 12:33:08 +1000, "Tim Jones" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> Not the most effective way of doing what? Cyclists having a good time and gaining some confidence
    >> in on-road riding? CM is great for that..

    >Not a good way of inducing motorists to look favourably upon cyclists.

    Since when was that the goal? It's there to encourage onlookers to become cyclists, not to encourage
    motorists to remain motorists but become nice motorists.. As it's quite simply impossible to make
    motorists less arrogant (towards each other, let alone toward cyclists), any attempt to play nice
    would only be met by their usual attitide.. Better ot ignore them altogehter..

    >What I was talking about specifically was that I have no issue with the ride, even taking up
    >several lanes for a few hundred cyclists to go around the city. The ride I went on however
    >culminated in stopping in the middle of a busy intersection, whooping, someone holding their
    >bicycle over their head and not moving on.

    Quite normal.. And how many times have you seen cars block intersections for several minutes while,
    say, honking their horns?

    >> The number of queued cars blocking intersections citywide at any given point of a CM ride is
    >> probably greater than the number of CM riders anyway..

    >That may well be, and if the ride is meant to celebrate cyclists enjoyment of the roads that is
    >fine and it serves its purpose. If it is however there to promote equal road use for cyclists,

    Since when? What on earth gave you that idea?

    Actually, it's about a lot of things, everybody has their own reasons for attending, but the bulk of
    the people that I know there do it for the "having a good time in a big city" factor..

    >it is just pissing off the motorists. It is not making them see your point, they will just sit in
    >their car fuming.

    They'd be doing that anyway..

    >It will promote equal road use to the cyclists, but this is just preaching to the converted.

    There are also bystanders, who could well be public transport users who might realise that bikes are
    faster than trams, or car passengers/car poolers who might think about cycling instead of mooching
    more rides or buying a car..

    Meanwhile, once someone owns a car, it's almost impossible to coax them out of it, as most of the
    costs have to be paid for (repayments, rego, insurance etc) whether the car is used or sits in
    the garage..

    PC
     
  17. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones Guest

    "PC" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > Since when? What on earth gave you that idea?
    >

    In response to Andrew Morris:

    "...Most cyclists (you ask Critical Mass) want equal road usage rights..."

    Tim
     
  18. Andre S .

    Andre S . Guest

    On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 10:50:41 +1000, "Andrew Morris" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >As a motorist, as well as a cyclist, nothing annoys me more than seeing a cyclist go sailing
    >through a red light just because they can...

    sometime it just looks that way - 6 lanes + median strip, green light from the side street. The
    green is so short that it looks like I'm running a red at the end.

    AndreS.au ===> I ride therefore I am
     
  19. Well just to get in on the me too act. I don't stop at red lights in the morning on my way to work
    at 4:30 am if I can see it's safe to roll through them. I should be careful though as I have
    previously encountered a black Supra without lights passing me at approx 100kph one morning.

    If I can see that the lights are just about to go green then I'll slow down just to make sure I
    don't hit the red light runners coming through, here in Adelaide you get a 3 second period red
    lights for both directions so you can generally judge the lights prettty easily.

    One intersection in particular is always red and also has one of those handy bicyle crossing
    buttons, like ped buttons only facing the road, I could use it in the mornings but usually I just
    wait for a clear patch then scoot across to avoid pissing off the drivers who have to wait just
    for a bike.

    I break 60kph every day going down my one small hill. But I am fat, skinny blokes don't have to
    worry about this.

    I wear my helmet every time I use my bike now seeing as just a few weeks ago I gave the finger to
    some dickhead on a motorbike who tooted me one afternoon when I ducked down to the shops (200m away)
    one afternoon. Said dickhead was a copper who then sent me a ticket in the post.

    I don't ride on the footpath as they are in worse shape than the roads.

    In Thailand I drafted a taxi for a good 2 hours, that was great fun as I'd pass him whenever he had
    to pick up a passenger then slip back in after he passed me. All of the people in the back were
    laughing and cheering me on. One of my fondest memories of my life. The taxi was like a holden rodeo
    ute with a couple of bench seats in the back and a canopy.

    I indicate to turn right if there are cars behind me then if they let me in I also give a wave or a
    thumbs up.

    But generally I just stay in my lane and try not to get killed. If I happen to break the road
    rules so be it.
    --
    Cheers Damian Harvey

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  20. Arpit

    Arpit Guest

    >I wear my helmet every time I use my bike now seeing as just a few weeks ago I gave the finger to
    >some dickhead on a motorbike who tooted me one afternoon when I ducked down to the shops (200m
    >away) one afternoon. Said dickhead was a copper who then sent me a ticket in the post.
    >

    Hehhe, how did he know who you were?

    If someones hooting me, im in th habit of giving them a thumbs up :) It works on so many levels ;)

    1. THey are a police guy-- i dunno wtf they'll think
    2. they are honking angrily- they'll take it as me mocking them
    3. they are honking in a friendly manner- they will take it like a real thumbs up :)
    >I don't ride on the footpath as they are in worse shape than the roads.
    >
    >In Thailand I drafted a taxi for a good 2 hours, that was great fun as I'd pass him whenever he had
    >to pick up a passenger then slip back in after he passed me. All of the people in the back were
    >laughing and cheering me on. One of my fondest memories of my life. The taxi was like a holden
    >rodeo ute with a couple of bench seats in the back and a canopy.
    >
    >I indicate to turn right if there are cars behind me then if they let me in I also give a wave or a
    >thumbs up.
    >
    >But generally I just stay in my lane and try not to get killed. If I happen to break the road rules
    >so be it.
     
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