Every cyclist knows this situation: You’re biking in the road shoulder or a bike lane across the top of a “T” intersection and there’s a red light or stop sign. Do you stop or do you go?
Those who stop point out:
- Bicyclists have the same responsibility as drivers and must follow the same rules.
- We cannot expect motorists to have respect for bicyclists on the road if we continually flout the rules.
- The police in my town ticket cyclists who run red lights like this!
Those who run the lights say:
- There’s no safety reason to stop.
- Cars must turn either left or right; cyclists do not cross their path at all.
- Cyclists running this light don’t interfere with the right of way of the other traffic at all.
- The stop bar doesn’t extend into the shoulder.
- The shoulder isn’t legally part of the roadway, so the stop doesn’t apply to me anyway.
What do you say and what are your reasons?