Cyclists in Paris are now allowed to jump red lights

Experiments in Paris showed that allowing cyclists to jump red lights in certain situations does not create more accidents

It’s long been a gripe of motorists and cyclists alike – seeing a bike rider sailing through red lights with little regard to their or others’ safety.

But now the Paris authorities have given cyclists the right to turn right at a cross-junction at a red light, as well as continuing straight on at a T-junction when the road is on their left.

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Obviously, with the French driving on the righthand side of the road, such measures would be the opposite if the same thing were to be legalised in the UK.

The scheme will be introduced on some junctions across the French capital, with traffic lights for bikes showing when it is acceptable for a cycle to proceed. A statement said that the new measures would improve the flow of cycle traffic.


Experiments carried out in 2012 reportedly showed the measures reduced the chances of accidents involving cars and bikes, especially those involving a car’s blind spot.

The French city is hoping to become a ‘capital of cycling’ by 2020, with desires to see 15 per cent of all journeys made by bike.

Do you think this is a good idea, and would you like to see it introduced in the UK?