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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Breaking the law! Paris cyclists given right to break traffic laws [Telegraph]


Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists.

Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists.
Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red Photo: ALAMY
A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents.
It follows a fierce three-year campaign by cyclists' associations.
Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red.
They must, however, make way for pedestrians and incoming traffic on the left and will be held responsible in the event of an accident.

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