Stop at Red
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Give respect, get respect
Stop at red is a campaign to reduce crashes and improve the status of cycling in the eyes of the public and policy-makers, and to tackle the attitudes of those cyclists whose behaviour perpetuates the image of cyclists as irresponsible.
Its specific focus is on running red lights.
It also has three general aims:
- To encourage cyclists to show courtesy towards other road users and pedestrians.
- To encourage greater compliance with the road rules.
- To improve the perception of people on bikes, by showing that most cyclists ride responsibly.
Stop at red was inspired by a UK campaign, and created by concerned cyclists, alarmed about how cycling is being undermined by the reckless actions of an unrepresentative minority.
We are simply asking people to Stop at red. It doesn't have to be a war out there.
Produced with the support of the Road Safety Trust.
For more information on Stop at Red, contact us on: patrick [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz
Why stop at red?
If you are in the habit of running red lights then we would like you to consider this:
Running a red light may save you a few seconds but...
1. It's potentially dangerous.
You may get hurt. Others may get hurt - either directly by you, or by the effect of another vehicle having to take evasive action. The consequences could be fatal.
2. It annoys just about everyone.
There is a rising tide of hostility towards cyclists - evident on the streets, in the media and in the political process. (Women attack and rob cyclists ODT 12 July, Cycling: Don't rule the road, read the rules NZ Herald 21 July 2010)
3. It has an impact on general attitudes towards cyclists.
It undermines our chances of getting improved facilities. Better cycle routes are funded by taxpayer's money. How can we make a case for better funding when our image is poor?
We believe that an individual cyclist's behaviour can make a difference, so we are asking you to consider the consequences of your behaviour.
Besides, what's the hurry? You already ride the fastest vehicle in town!
The good news, lest we forget...
Cycling is part of the solution, not the problem.
Cycling is good news, no matter how you look at it:
- It's fun.
- It's good for you. What's more, if you use a bike as transport you are integrating exercise into your everyday routine.
- It's good for the environment. If you substitute it for motorised transport.
- It's good for society and culture. Cycle friendly towns are better places to live.
How to trigger traffic lights
Most traffic lights are activated when a passing vehicle triggers an electromagnetic coil buried in the road. You can often see where the road surface has been cut. Sometimes the council paints a row of diamonds or a little bike stencil to mark the buried cable.
Position your bike above the coil to activate the lights.