Cyclists ‘actually break traffic laws far less than drivers’

Rob Waugh

Drivers like to imagine that cyclists are wobbling, unsafe road hogs who run red lights and break every rule in the Highway Code on a daily basis.

But it turns out that it’s the other way round.

A Danish study found that cyclists actually break traffic laws far less than motorists, with just 5% of cyclists breaking rules compared to 66% of motorists.

The study involved installing video cameras at major road junctions in cities including Copenhagen, and analysing the behaviour of 28,579 cyclists crossing intersections.

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The researchers found that 4.9% of cyclists broke the rules on bicycle paths, while 14% broke rules when there was no path present.

The researchers found that the behaviour of cyclists varied according to whether there were clear road markings.