A Manchester cyclist has been caught on film riding through a red traffic light – and straight into the side of a double-decker bus he had somehow failed to spot. Thankfully, the rider seems to have got away unscathed.
The incident, filmed by a motorcyclist, happened at the junction of Portland Street and Oxford Street in the centre of the city.
As the person taking the video notes, not only did the cyclist not see the bus, but the “driver is oblivious” too as he turns right at the junction and continues on his way.
The incident is reminiscent of one filmed in London’s Trafalgar Square in January. On that occasion, the cyclist started going through the lights while they changing, contrary to the Highway Code, which says red and amber “means ‘Stop’. Do not pass through or start until green shows.”
Other vehicles were still crossing the rider’s path, including a lorry, the driver of which seems to have gone through on red, and once again the cyclist had a very lucky escape.
Even when traffic lights are green, the Highway Code tells road users to exercise caution. It says: “Green means you may go on if the way is clear. Take special care if you intend to turn left or right and give way to pedestrians who are crossing.”
While riding through a red light is ilegal, many cyclists believe it can be justified at times for safety reasons.
In February, journalist and author Jack Shenker was stopped and fined close to Holborn tube station in central London under the Metropolitan Police's Operation Safeway after going through a light on red, and he subsequently explained to road.cc why he did that.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.