Are cyclists who jump red lights really the problem?

Almost a thousand riders were penalised for jumping red lights in past year in City of London

A cyclist in the City of London
(Image credit: Getty Images)

I don't jump red lights. I wait impatiently at them, hopefully in the bike box if this isn't filled by cars and mopeds. It is, of course, an offence, and contravenes the Highway Code, so red light jumping is no way endorsed by Cycling Weekly, but is it really a problem the police should be focusing on?

The City of London Police clearly think so. In a press release on Thursday morning, the Square Mile's force announced that in the ten months since last July, it had given out 944 fixed penalty notices to cyclists for going through red lights.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.