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West Midlands Police catch red light jumping cyclist on camera (+ video)

Officers reinforce that while they want to protect vulnerable road users, responsibility for safety goes both ways

It’s more than two years now since West Midlands Police put themselves at the forefront of trying to make Britain’s roads safer for cyclists through their award-winning close pass initiative, since adopted by forces across the UK.

But a tweet from their Road Harm Reduction Team yesterday emphasises that cyclists too have a responsibility for their own safety.

Jumping a red light at any time is of course illegal, though there is perhaps a difference in doing so at a pedestrian crossing where no-one is crossing the road and there are no motor vehicles around, and this example where a rider – unlit at night – takes a chance going through a busy junction.

“We'll do all we can to protect vulnerable road users but we need them sometimes to protect themselves,” the tweet read.

“Behaviour like this is inexcusable,” it continued, adding that the rider concerned had been prosecuted.  


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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