Cycling in multiple directions during red lights
Extension application for cyclists in France
At special traffic lights with special signs in France it is allowed for cyclists to turn right or left or to cycle ahead during red lights as long as they have to give way, especially to pedestrians. This regulation helps to avoid situations in which cyclists feel cornered or are faced with the blind spot of trucks and cars. Its goal is to improve safety and simplicity of cycling in towns and cities.
There are two alternative ways to indicate, whether cycling in multiple directions during red lights is allows: a sign or a traffic light.
No problems had been faced during the trial period, and since 2015 appropriate traffic lights in Paris were modified. Cyclists then have the possibility to avoid conflict situations during the green phase which is simultaneously for cars, trucks and busses.
A lecture by the French scientist in traffic safety, Thomas Jouannot, held at the International Cycling Conference in Mannheim (“New road regulations for cyclists at traffic lights – What is the safety impact?”, see picture gallery below – text in French) shows the possible regulations. Also some videos had been published (in French and English):
Video: "Red Lights : trust cyclists!" (2017) Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire
Video: "Cédez-le-passage cycliste - mode d'emploi" (2015) Club des villes et territoires cyclables / Cerema / DSCR