So much for red! Reckless London cyclists are slammed for turning a ‘blind eye to the law’ as more than dozen are filmed jumping light in dashcam footage
- Riders zoomed past cars without any regard for safety in Tower Hamlets, London
- A dashcam caught 16 cyclists riding recklessly without waiting for green lights
- The clip shows a designated waiting box for cyclists only occupied by two riders
Cyclists have been slammed for jumping red lights as irritated drivers waited in their cars.
Riders zoomed past pedestrians and vehicles without any regard for their safety in Tower Hamlets, London, last Wednesday.
A dashboard camera caught 16 cyclists – including delivery riders with one wearing Deliveroo gear – riding recklessly without waiting for the green light.
The clip shows the designated waiting box for cyclists only occupied by two riders as others pedalled past.
They were blasted online for allegedly breaking the law that motorists are often blamed for.
Riders zoomed past pedestrians and cars without any regard for their safety in Tower Hamlets, London, last Wednesday
Twitter user Muzzy Ali said: ‘I see this everyday so not very surprised. This morning one didn’t give way and nearly collided with a mum and child on a school run.’
David Lawes said: ‘I challenge anyone to justify why we should just turn a blind eye to this kind of lethal law breaking.’
Another said: ‘These planks have total disrespect for the law.’ A third added: ‘Are tfl going to investigate the rocketing rise in cyclists on pedestrian collisions in London?’
A dashboard camera caught 16 cyclists – including delivery riders with one wearing Deliveroo gear – riding recklessly without waiting for green lights
The clip shows the designated waiting box for cyclists only occupied by two riders as others pedal past
Cyclists caught jumping a red light by the police risk a £30 fixed penalty fine. Approximately 7.5million people cycle in England for leisure, health or work.
Last year, police enforcement of cyclists jumping the red light or cycling on the pavement had a 43.8 per cent drop.
In contrast, motorists saw an 18 per cent increase in fixed penalty fines in the same period.
Earlier this year an illegal immigrant mowed down a hospital worker when he crashed into him running a red light in Tower Hamlets.
Albanian Ermir Loka, 23, was jailed for two years for hitting Peter McCombie, 72, at 15mph as he made his way home from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Instead of apologising to his victim after the crash, Loka pointed to his damaged bike declaring ‘Look at what you’ve done!’ before running away.
The CCTV of Loka was made public as he was jailed, after his trial heard he fled because he feared being deported.
Court heard Ermir Loka was travelling at 15mph when he ploughed into the pensioner in London in broad daylight
Highlighting the hurt driving through a red light could potentially cause, Mr McCombie’s family said: ‘He left Peter laying in a busy road, seriously injured, and thought only of himself at that time.
‘That kind of cowardice is beyond contempt. The anger we feel towards him is beyond words. We cannot even bear to say his name.’
Mr McCombie’s head hit the pavement so hard it fractured his skull and damaged his brain.
He also suffered a fractured jaw bone, a broken rib and bruising to his legs after the collision on Bow Road last July 3.
Mr McCombie was taken to hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries eight days later.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: ‘A red traffic light is one of the most basic rules of the road and they help to control traffic and provide pedestrians with safe places to cross.
‘No-one is above the law. It’s essential that all road users stop at red lights to ensure no-one is ever put at unnecessary risk.’
Tower Hamlets MPS said: ‘Everyone has a responsibility for road safety and it is essential that we all play a part in keeping ourselves and others safe on the streets and roads.
‘The majority of police enforcement is around the most common factors of road collisions such as speed, using mobile phones and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
‘With the increase in cycle journeys in London, our officers undertake proportionate enforcement of traffic law with cyclists.’
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