Survived-til-now Posted October 30, 2007 Share Posted October 30, 2007 I had the oddest experience going to work last Friday. I was a bit earlier than usual on my route into London riding down the Mile End Road (a major route into the City)and traffic was light for a change. Just after joining the Mile End I came to a set of lights that I could see were changing and so slowed to a stop at the lights - to my surprise the car ahead made no attempt to slow and drove straight through, causing a car crossing at the lights to swerve out of the way. Nothing odd in that I thought just inattentive driving but shortly after I came to a major intersection when again the lights changed and so I slowed and stopped - AGAIN the car ahead went straight through but while I was taking this in there was a blast of horns on my left side and two cars came shooting past on the inside of me. By now i was wondering if I had misread the lights and stopped on the wrong set but no..... So I proceeded further down only to see another two cars drive through red lights... By this time I was wondering if the recent new issue of the Highway Code had included a change of law about NOT stopping at red lights and I even discussed the theory with my boss (also a biker) when I got to the office.... Now apart from doubting my sanity, I have never seen the like of this in over 35 years of driving/riding. There was no question of crossing as the lights were changing - these lights were all at RED and the cars involved had plenty of time to stop. I have taken a real lesson to heart and had to change my approach to traffic lights. Normally if I am at the front of traffic at the lights I am ready to move on the RED/AMBER and rolling on the GREEN so I get ahead of the queue and can pick my lane - as are many of my fellow bikers who do the same From now on I am going to be a lot more cautious about being first over the lights. Link to comment
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