I'm not sure running red lights straight through will do our (cyclists) PR any good, even if its legal. But turning left at red traffic lights wouldn't do any one any harm as a cyclist, as long as we give way.
Straight through scramble/pedestrian crossings would work. Not through intersections with oncoming motorised traffic.
There'd need to be a penalty for failing to give way/space and it would be great to see it enforced on a regular basis.
Stop signs should be treated as yield signs by cyclists.
Cyclists should be allowed to turn left on red - after stopping.
This should be in the ARRs and not on a state by state basis.
I think this would have zero negative impact on cyclist safety - and would actually help to improve cyclist safety.
A story in The Times (UK) 'Cyclists in Paris can ignore the red traffic light' can be found, with other cycling stories, at
It was Doddsy who convinced me that ARR should permit cyclists to turn left on red lights. Many collisions occur at intersections, and more likely the fault of the driver rather than cyclist, so let the cyclist get away from the intersection, rather than waiting (to be hit by a vehicle).
Can't see the logic in it.
Hey Spartacus, It also gives pedal power an advantage.
Very much encourages people to leave the car (machine) at home.
Paris being France the new rules are cyclists to turn right on red (our turn left) but with out priority - that is give way to traffic on the green light. And also on T-junctions with lights when the cyclist is passing along the top of the T, again with out priority.
Frankly, I have been using "cyclists" turn left any time with care for years - only stopped recently since the peer group thing here seems to be "be good at red-lights" - LOL!
@Mark - I would have thought the logic of it quite apparent...
There are, in fact traffic lights in Adelaide where vehicles are permitted to turn left, on a red light. I think it may be St Bernards Rd and Playford St, Newton is one that I believe this is permitted. There are others but not too many.
There is one at the Barwell Ave & South Rd in Ashford (left turn) I've only ever seen 1 car do it on their own accord but most cars don't do it until I point out the sign, most people are too busy talking or texting to read the signs or just can't read I guess ;-)