Cyclists to jump some red lights in Brussels!

On eight intersections in the Brussels region cyclists are now allowed to ride straight through a red light in certain circumstances. The eight intersections form part of a pilot project that if successful will be expanded.

Drivers who ignore a red traffic light do so at their peril. They risk their life and a hefty fine. For cyclists safety is less of a problem if they are turning off to the right. Often, in such cases, a red light is little more than a waste of time.

Last June a pilot project started in Brussels using a special traffic sign that allows cyclists to ride straight through a red light in certain circumstances.

Two traffic signs were introduced: one allows cyclists to go through red if they are turning right and a second allows cyclists to go through red using a special cycle lane as long as they don't hinder other traffic.

The Belgian Traffic Safety Institute has concluded that the signs don't pose a threat to road safety. The new signs won't be put up everywhere, but 255 intersections across Brussels have selected. Experts will now examine which of these intersections can now safely be equipped with the new traffic signs.