US state considers new law to allow cyclists to ride through red lights to improve safety

Colorado could become third US state to introduce the rules

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The US state of Colorado is considering introducing a new law that would try to improve cyclists' safety by allowing them to ride through red lights and stop signs.

The Bicycle Operation Approaching Intersection bill would allow cyclists to travel through stop signs "at a reasonable speed" (which the bill recommends as being 15mph) and proceed across junction "when it is safe to do so". Cyclists will have to come to a halt at red lights, but can then proceed through when the light is still red if it is safe to do so.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.