Cycle commuter and YouTube user CycleGaz posted the above video on Sunday February 7 showing the authorities putting London’s segregated cycling lanes to a different use.

Under blue lights, so likely to be on an emergency call, a police car can be seen using CS5 to bypass a queue of traffic.

The riders on the cycle path are shown to move aside to let the car through, and it rejoins the carriageway at the next set of traffic lights.

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Commenters on the video on YouTube are of mixed opinion as to whether this was a good move on the police’s part.

Adam Safford says, “I think emergency services should be allowed in the Cycle Superhighways, as long as they take extreme care.”

However, fellow user Vaxbuster takes a different view: “Great way to cause an accident and risk lives. What if a cyclist was coming from the opposite direction as well? Not much room for mistakes.”

CycleGaz was quick to reply to Vaxbuster saying, “The police driver isn’t blind.”

The latest segregated cycle lanes in Central London were opened by Mayor Boris Johnson in November last year.

The longest among them is the Cycle Superhighway 5, which runs from Oval to Pimlico including the crossing of Vauxhall Bridge. Not everyone is happy with the works but they have gone ahead as planned and are expected to lead to a reduction in the number of people injured whilst cycling in the capital.

  • Ily Bae

    Not clever. Looked easy enough to lean the bike up against the railings there to get out of the way, but it’s a different story with a kiddy trailer on the back, or a trike or dutch cargo bike. You can’t casually hop kerbs or lift them aside when you hear a siren.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Not in the eyes of the law he should .not be riding the bike

  • Chad

    The boris bike lights are meant to be automatic, the rider has no control over them at all. If they’re faulty it’s not the fault of the rider but the contractor which maintains them.

  • ReturnOfTheWazz

    I think the guy on the Boris Bike was probably relieved they didn’t bust him for having no lights – FACT

  • Yep, no issue with this at all. People complaining really do need to get a grip and be thankful that they made the damn thing in the first place.

  • Tristan

    An emergency trumps any bike superhighway. This really isn’t an issue.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Perfectly acceptable behaviour by both Police and cyclists. I can remember seeing a police car (with blue lights on) driving down the pavement on Tottenham Court Road, against the traffic flow – very carefully – to get to an incident.

  • SpokesMan

    If they’re “advanced drivers”. As I understand it drivers of regular police cars have the same licence as you or I. Of course, we’re brilliant drivers, but there’s no guarantee.

  • Declan Power

    No issue with that. Advanced drivers, blue light exemptions allow for this subject to driving with due care and attention to other road users