A simple lane filtering rule change could save the lives of riders who filter to the front of traffic at the lights and then take off immediately on the green.
That’s what most lane-filtering riders do. However, they run the risk of being hit by vehicles from the side running a red light.
We tried to access relevant crash data, but unfortunately no specific statistics are kept on types of lane filtering crashes.
However, I’ve almost had it happen to me and other riders tell me they have had similar near-misses.
Understandably riders want to get away promptly on the green light and are sometimes even challenged by motorists who want to race them from the lights.
Getting away first is important as it helps traffic flow and is safer for the rider and other motorists.
However, the rule that says riders cannot stop in front of the stop line can make it difficult for riders to check that traffic from their sides has stopped at their red light, especially if the rider’s vision is obscured by vans or trucks.