France Grants Cyclists The Right To Run Red Lights [Headlines]

France Grants Cyclists The Right To Run Red Lights [Headlines]
Innovation

Traffic laws in European nation changed to give more freedom to bikes.

Sam McNerney
  • 9 february 2012

In most cases, traffic rules are designed to keep vehicles and their occupants from succumbing to the pitfalls of Newton’s laws of motion — but until now, bicyclists have been subject to the same rules and regulations as the multi-ton vehicles with which they share the road. Following a nationwide pro-cycling campaign, French lawmakers recently issued a decree allowing cyclists in some cities to disregard red lights at certain intersections, not merely because such regulations work against cycling physics, but because it actually makes roads safer for everyone. Tree Hugger

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