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The city that lets cyclists jump red lights
Quote:...being introduced over the summer, is a radical step that recognises a regrettable truth: that cyclists in cities often fail to stop at red lights. Rather than step up repression of this misdemeanour, the Paris city authorities have decided to make it legal.
Over July and August, signs are being put up at 1,800 junctions across the capital. They show an upside down triangle, with a picture of a bicycle and an arrow.
"If the light is red but equipped with one of these two panels, you can: Turn right; Go straight on"
What this indicates is that when the signal is red, cyclists can nonetheless - and with all due care and attention - jump the lights. They can, to use the lingo, "griller le feu".
"It required a rewriting of the Code de la Route [the laws governing road use], but what in effect we have done is turn the red light for cyclists into a give way sign," says Christophe Najdoski, deputy Paris mayor in charge of transport.
It is important to note that the change only affects right turns or going straight on at a T-junction - in other words where the cyclist can hug the pavement.
At a crossroads, even if there is no traffic, bikes will still have to wait for the green to go straight on.

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Makes sense to me. In America and Canada cars also have the same right to jump the red when turning right, have often wondered why the rest of the world doesn't adopt it too as it works really well.

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