Mrs Tortoise wrote:I'm surprised this old chestnut is still going, but the fact is that passing through red traffic lights, riding on pavements and the wrong way down one way streets is against the law.
That something is against the law isn't a particularly strong argument in itself. The law is a very blunt instrument designed to cater for the lowest common denominator (in this case, the cyclist with poor observation skills and even worse judgement).
That something poses a risk to the offender is a far stronger argument, and that it poses a risk to third parties is a much more powerful one.
In the case of running red lights, in most situations there will be a risk (most often to the cyclist and to pedestrians). However, I can show you examples where an observant cyclist exercising careful judgement can sometimes go through a red light with no risk to anyone. Indeed, on my commute home from work, there was one red light I could safely go through probably four days out of five.