Cyclists turning left on red

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your answer to question 2014/2984 you stated that the Department for Transport (DfT) has no plans to change the law to allow cyclists to turn left at red lights in some situations. Given that other cities such as Paris have recently introduced this measure, will you lobby DfT to allow TfL to conduct a trial?


Answer for Cyclists turning left on red

Answer for Cyclists turning left on red

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has previously raised with the Department for Transport (DfT) the possibility of allowing cyclists to turn left on red signals, as one of a number of measures that could make cycling safer in London. However, it was recognised that there are many legal and practical barriers, as well as justifiable concerns about the impact on road safety for all users. It has therefore not been trialled because it was felt that there were many other more achievable innovations that could be introduced, such as dedicated traffic signals for cyclists.

While TfL and the DfT have not ruled out testing this concept in the future, they currently remain committed to the proven concept of using appropriate traffic signals to control the movement of different road users. TfL also intends to closely monitor the performance of the new cycling infrastructure they are building.