Road Rules 101: Red Lights Do Apply To Cyclists As Well

You know what’s even more dangerous than running a red light? Running a red light when you’re on two wheels and your only safety gear is a bicycle helmet.

On one hand, the fact that this guy was on a bicycle and not a motorcycle definitely helped keep the deceleration forces low. Had he been going really fast, he would probably have been flung much further and possibly injured – or worse…

Instead, the cyclist collided with the BMW X3 and was thrown over the hood and onto the tarmac, bouncing back to an almost upright position almost immediately, indicating that he wasn’t seriously injured, as is also stated in the description of the video.

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The incident took place in Zelenograd, Russia and it’s quite clear that the cyclist is 100% at fault for what happened. Thanks to the angle provided by the dashcam footage, we can see how that side of the road has a red light and no other vehicles are entering the intersection from that direction.

It’s also likely that the X3 driver didn’t even see the cyclist until it was too late, given how fast the latter was going while lane-splitting – any vehicle to the left of the dashcam car would have obstructed visibility for the person driving that BMW.

 

  • charlotteharry57

    The stories abound these days all over the media that bicyclists have lost their minds and think they own the roads. BUT, while I don’t entirely disagree, government officials are also to blame. They encourage cycle use in overcrowded cities, thinking that this is a way to help fight congestion. But the majority of cyclists are still those doing it only for the exercise and camaraderie, not those in business wear. I’d be scared to death to ride a bicycle in my city.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Not to worry. Their aim is to rid us of the car.

      • Bash

        lol, right.

        • Paulbe

          He’s right. You’ll see.

          • Bash

            That’s what I said. I know he is right.

          • Cynara2

            Not if it is so unsafe to walk that pedestrians get back into cars.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Cars won’t be allowed.
            Welcome to cycletopia.
            I was going to put pedtopia but I’m not too sure about that one.

          • Cynara2

            Are you admitting you do not care about disabled, elderly and blind?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            I admit nothing but fare-paying passengers!

          • Cynara2

            Oh, I get it. Your usual practice of ridiculing and mocking pedestrians. You sure do not like us, do you?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Walk on.

          • Cynara2

            Where? The cyclists have taken everything.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Cyclists will need to adapt to the needs of the elderly, disabled and blind.

          • Cynara2

            They are refusing. They just killed an elderly pedestrian in New York city, Donna Sturm. Read their comments. All they care about is that they not have any consequences. The cyclist went through a red light and she was legally crossing.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            That’s bad.
            I guess there are arseholes in all walks of life.

      • TRB0T0Y

        Hmm… really now? You don’t think the ol’ boys network of car dealerships and the auto industry in general isn’t at least some way in bed with or in the pockets of politicians?
        Government officials can’t really be anti-car, cuz you know… cars are so ‘Murica and such. Land of the free travel n’at.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          It won’t last for ever though. (Well, maybe once your current POTUS is gone)

          • TRB0T0Y

            Perhaps in your dream world. But Big Government Money and Big Auto Money will never be out-lobbied by Big Bike Money. It just isn’t powerful enough.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            The times they are a changin’

      • Cynara2

        Then why are they on the sidewalk?

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Nope. You’ll need to clarify that one for me. I’m kinda slow.

          • Cynara2

            They are getting rid of pedestrians. It is not safe to walk.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            You’ll all cycle or die trying.
            If there are no cars, they can’t justify cycling on the sidewalks/pavements.
            Not that that will stop them…

          • Cynara2

            Great, you will kill off the blind. Crazy.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            No they’ll be like bats and use their sonar.

          • Cynara2

            So your aim is not to just get rid of the car, but, also pedestrians. In fact, I think you hate pedestrians more than cars.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            You know what I’m really beginning to dislike?

          • Cynara2

            Not beginning. You have not been a nice bunch to pedestrians for a long time.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            I think you may possibly be on the wrong site.
            Have you tried Sidewalk Monthly?

          • Cynara2

            It is a car site. So, why are you, a cyclist, here.
            Anyway, you do not fool me. You just like to intimidate and shut down pedestrians.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Who said I was a cyclist other than you?
            Mind you, there’s nothing like a bit of schniffle piffle.

          • ChrisInIL

            You’re so….pedestrian.

            (ba dum pum)

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            The streets are paved with bores. 😉

    • MarketAndChurch

      They encourage it because from their vantage in city hall, the city is just one giant tourist trap. Not just by people who are from out of country or out of state, but big cities want people in the surrounding suburbs to spend time (and their money) in the city, and bike programs are a good way to to do that. Here in Portland, Oregon its sponsored by Nike.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Yeah, other day I almost ran a cyclist over on purpose… Err, I mean, by ACCIDENT, when they just decided to randomly not stop at a red. I think you should at least take a test before you get to ride a bike. Problem is sometimes they act like a bike, sometimes a pedestrian, and sometimes a car. It’s all about consistency.

    • TRB0T0Y

      Hit it on the nose there Sir. Bicyclists simply chose whatever set of laws they feel like is best for them, be it pedestrian, bike, or car. It is oh so infuriating, the constant cycle…
      Cars held up by slow bike, finally get room to pass bike.
      Then a red light comes, and the biker hops up on sidewalk, passes the cars, uses the crosswalk, then hops back on the motorway.
      Light goes green and all those cars are stuck again behind it.
      This continues for blocks and blocks, in cities all over…. so much pollution created by bikers holding up traffic.

      • Cynara2

        This is a terrible situation for pedestrians. At intersections the bikes come out of the car lane onto the sidewalk or into the crosswalk. Meanwhile, they also go right through the crosswalk and won’t let pedestrians cross.

  • no25

    lol and i bet that cyclist threatened to sue the BMW driver for following the law.

  • tkindred

    I was rear ended full force while I was on my bike stopped at a stop light but another cyclist who was charging through the light and didn’t expect me to stop.

  • Kash

    And that’s what you get for being a douche on a bike.

  • Eddie J.G.

    The worst traffic offenders? How about the no less than five cars I counted running red lights while I was driving today? What do you say about all the drivers catching up to me in the 25 mph zones?

    • MarketAndChurch

      You probably live in a place that has terrible drivers.

  • MarketAndChurch

    He gambled and failed. Happens all the time to both drivers and bicyclists.

    • Cynara2

      Yeah, you could say that about the New York cyclist who just went through a red light and killed pedestrian Donna Sturm, who was legally crossing. This is not fair to pedestrians.

  • Cobrajet

    Morons that don’t understand that traffic is not just motor vehicles.

  • Liam Paul

    Speeding 😆

    • tkindred

      You’d be surprised how fast you can get going when traveling down hill. There was a spot in the Oakland, CA hills where the police would sit and give out speeding tickets to cyclists. A few cyclists had nasty wrecks traveling at high speed. Some try to go as fast as possible to break their record or simply because it feels exhilarating. Sometimes there is a four way stop at a bottom of a hill and cyclist would blow right past the stop sign so they can continue their momentum.

      • Cynara2

        Oakland is where a cyclist on Strava was racing when he was hit and killed.

  • Liam Paul

    Byclist( besides kids bikes ) bikes should have a state tag and they should pay insurance in case they damage a car though a careless act . If they want to be really treated the same on the road let them have all the same burden’s of having the privilege of using tax funder roads

  • Eddie J.G.

    As a percentage? What percentage of drivers would you estimate drive over the speed limit?

    • Cynara2

      Probably all of them. Traffic engineers know that fifty five really means sixty. They plan for that.

      • ChrisInIL

        And yet, not all vehicles drive above the speed limit

        Some drive fifty, some fourty, some ten mile an hour.

        As a driver or a rider, you have to recognize and accept that not everyone is operating their vehicle in the same way (and yes, bicycles are vehicles).

  • Mr. EP9

    Yet another reason people don’t like bicyclists.

  • Eddie J.G.

    It’s the irresponsible drivers endangering anyone. Contrary to popular belief, driving a motor vehicle doesn’t grant any special rights or extra privileges, and sometimes, first come, first served means you’ll have to wait if a slower vehicle is proceeding down the road before you are.

  • cat

    The bicicle runs a red light so it’s guilty !

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