Paris to Allow Cyclists to Run Red Lights

Paris is to become one of the first cities in the World to officially allow cyclists to ‘run’ red lights.

Authorities say the change in law could be a significant step towards reducing cycling accidents.

Paris is to become one of the first cities in the World to officially allow cyclists to ‘run’ red lights.

Authorities say the change in law could be a significant step towards reducing cycling accidents.

Currently thousands of cyclists across Europe ride through red lights with the risk of a fine but in Paris this measure will be dropped after three years of pressure from cycling associations.

The change in law will be tested at a range of different sites over the next few weeks before the scheme is fully integrated to the 1700 junctions across the capital.

Signs will be places on lamp posts to show cyclists that red light signals can be ignored in areas where the speed limit is below 35km/h.

Opposition from various road safety campaigners has been felt with one councelor explaining; “If pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike users and car drivers don’t respect each other, the introduction of these practices could increase the risks in Paris.”

However tests in other European cities have shown that there has been no increase in cycling accidents.

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