Now that we all agree on whether or not to obey traffic laws…
I thought I’d bring up a lesson I try to drum into the minds of my children when they are learning to drive: Just because your light turned green doesn’t mean it is now safe to GO. I don’t know about your neighborhood, but people in mine tend to believe that the world revolves around them and even if their light has changed from green to yellow to red … it is still their inalienable right to floor it through the intersection.
Robert Hurst, in his wonderful book The Art of Urban Cycling: Lessons from the Street, has a brief section called Running Green Lights in which he states:
“Got a green light? So what. Expect huge nasty things to come flying at you from all directions.”
I see now that the book has been updated and is now called The Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st-Century America and they have done some tweaking here and there. You can read the meat of the section on page 85 of this preview.
In a nutshell, these are the things he says you’ll need to look for:
Suffice it to say that even though the light is green, take your time and be safe.