What do you do at red traffic lights?

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  • You are approaching the lights going straight ahead.
    The lights are red.
    There are 5 drivers queuing.

    What do you do?

    (This is not about rljing)

  • Stop behind the cars the drivers are in.

  • Often a good option^

  • Overtake, but then you have to be aware of oncoming traffic.

  • if enough space is given, i'd stay on the left, if not then either hop on to pavement (if not very busy) or go on the right hand side. but if lights are about to change i'd just hang fire so don't get cut up with drivers turning without me being ahead of them

  • Overtake, but then you have to be aware of oncoming traffic.

    Me too, always.
    Oncoming drivers see you and drivers and you can move into the gaps in the queue if necessary. Drivers in the queue are more aware of their right where they expect to be overtaken.

  • Depends, if the front is clear and I know the lights aren't going to change before I get there, I'll move to the front, usually on the right or filter between cars.
    If I'm not sure, I'll hang back and queue with the traffic.

  • Head out to the right - try to get to the front.
    If the lights change as I'm in that position, I'm more visible than on the left.

    Less likely to be man hole grates on the right, which not a big thing, but I have caught a wheel, stumbled on them before.

  • Depends indeed .

                               Hang back , light up and enjoy the scenery
    
  • You are approaching the lights going straight ahead.
    The lights are red.
    There are 5 drivers queuing.

    What do you do?

    (This is not about rljing)

    There is a left turn here ?

  • Yes its a major traffic light crossroad

  • The vast majority of riders pass on the left, like sheep, queuing with their foot on the kerb. (I know the feeder cycle lanes encourage this.)

    Would be good to see more people either hanging back or passing right.

    (we'll see if this is different on here)

  • if enough space is given, i'd stay on the left, if not then either hop on to pavement (if not very busy) or go on the right hand side. but if lights are about to change i'd just hang fire so don't get cut up with drivers turning without me being ahead of them

    Please stop doing this.

  • Depends on how many lanes there are. Depends on which direction I'm going in as well as the vehicles in front. If it looks everyone is going straight and I am what is wrong with getting there 6th and then setting off 6th?

    Also you haven't mentioned whether there is an ASL. If there isn't why the fuck are folk on two pushing to the front? You wouldn't want to seen as entitled now.

  • I often hang back, centre lane - staking out my territory. Then I glide past the sheep who bunch up on the front left with the simple momentum of being part of the traffic.

    I think this is key. People should see themselves as part of the traffic rather than fighting against it.

  • Assess the situation and ride accordingly i.e get to the front passing the queue on the right if and when it's feasible to do so.

  • Whatever you do make your intentions clear well in advance for all traffic.

  • Also you haven't mentioned whether there is an ASL. If there isn't why the fuck are folk on two pushing to the front? You wouldn't want to seen as entitled now.

    Good point. Where there is no ASL getting ahead of the traffic is rljing though many riders do this

    Some interesting thoughts about advance stop lines here http://rachelaldred.org/writing/thoughts­/no-going-dutch-at-cobden-junction-or-wh­ats-wrong-with-asls/

  • Assess the situation and ride accordingly

    crazy talk

  • Depends, if the front is clear and I know the lights aren't going to change before I get there, I'll move to the front, usually on the right or filter between cars.
    If I'm not sure, I'll hang back and queue with the traffic.

    This.

    If it's one or two cars I stay behind, pointless passing only to be overtaken again by the same people

  • countdown traffic lights..

  • All the traffic lights I see are black, so I don't know what the question is about.

  • Personally. I like to ride. Fixed gear. No brakes. Can't stop, don't want to either.

  • Not enough options, all should be taken on their own merit. If you do each set of lights the same you are a bad rider.
    Traffic flow, filters, pavements, width of road, width of lanes, width of cycle path, type of vehicle, amount of cyclists, type of cyclists, number of junctions... ...

    Nonsense thread

  • Not enough options, all should be taken on their own merit. If you do each set of lights the same you are a bad rider.
    Traffic flow, filters, pavements, width of road, width of lanes, width of cycle path, type of vehicle, amount of cyclists, type of cyclists, number of junctions... ...

    Nonsense thread

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    EXACTLY - there's always a stop-less path.

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