walking through red lights

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Yellow Fang, 30 May 2008.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Alright, cycling through red lights is illegal. What about getting off at the traffic light, walking your bike past it and getting back on? Is that illegal too? I expect somehow it is.
     
  2. col

    col Veteran

    If you stay on the road,id guess it is,but getting onto the pavement isnt.
     
  3. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    Location:
    Essex
    Highway Code
    Crossing the road

    79
    Do not ride across equestrian crossings, as they are for horse riders only. Do not ride across a pelican, puffin or zebra crossing. Dismount and wheel your cycle across.

    80
    Toucan crossings. These are light-controlled crossings which allow cyclists and pedestrians to share crossing space and cross at the same time. They are push-button operated. Pedestrians and cyclists will see the green signal together. Cyclists are permitted to ride across.

    81
    Cycle-only crossings. Cycle tracks on opposite sides of the road may be linked by signalled crossings. You may ride across but you MUST NOT cross until the green cycle symbol is showing.

    [Law TSRGD regs 33(2) & 36(1)]

    I take that to mean you can dismount and walk across at Traffic Lights but crossing at Cycle-only Crossings where the red bike is showing is RLJ and £30 fine.
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You can do it but overall your journey will be quicker if you just stay on the road.
     
  5. Animal

    Animal New Member

    Location:
    East Mids
    The only exception is where the crossing also involves a tram crossing and a railway line and it's rush hour.

    I regularly dismount, walk my bike across the road, hoik it over the footbrige, and zoom off up the road leaving the cagers fuming for a good 5 minutes while the train trundles along.
     
  6. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    I just wait till it goes green.;)
     
  7. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    Location:
    Atlantis
    If you are walking your bike on the road you are propelling a vehicle so you must comply with traffic signs, which include red traffic lights.

    So walk the bike onto the pavement before you pass the sign.;)
     
  8. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member


    You could always wait for the green light. Crazy I know....
     
  9. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Its ok in the eyes of the law but its a bit unsporting.
     
  10. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road

    Stoppit!:biggrin:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    What if you carry the bike across?
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Also, does a bike count as a vehicle or a carriage in this context?
     
  13. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    Location:
    Essex
    I thought a bike (and even a pram) counted as a vehicle.

    But the HC is very ambiguous

     
  14. My ex's mum once got a ticking off from the police for wheeling (not riding) her bike the wrong way down a one way street. So I'd imagine they could also do you for pushing a bike through a red light.
     
  15. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Note: Generally (99.9%) I don't RLJ

    I believe that a bike's classed as a carriage and you aren't a 'driver' therefore that quote doesn't apply?

    Once off the bike and pushing it, you're classified as a pedestrian. You're not propelling a vehicle/carriage. Considering that theres no offence for peds being on the road (?) I can't see any way within the letter of the law that a cyclist could be prosecuted for getting off their bike and pushing it over the stop line to subsequently remount it and continue??

    Not something I'd advocate. Just a train of thought I wondered if someone could refute with the relevant road law references?
     
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