Well it finally happened, cycling through a red light, past bank tube stop on a cold summers day (it is England after all) I was caught by the police. Grabbing me as I cycled past P.C. I Have Had A Bad Day and I’m Going to Take it Out on You or whatever his name was, I was pulled off my bike.
At first I thought it was someone trying to hijack my bike but when I realised it was a police officer I glared “Yes, officer”. This served only to anger more the man of the law who proceeded to tell me the obvious. I had gone through a red light and that upset him.
Thinking up excuses as I grabbed a few short breaths I suggested the light was orange when I went through and why was I the only cyclist to be caught out of the two of us that went through the light.
The police man was having none of it. I paid my fine and learnt an important lesson – next time I will check for police before skipping a red light.
With a recent article stating that cycling down a one way street may be given the OK for cyclists could this one day extend to red/orange lights?
If any of London Cyclists’ readers have been caught by the police for anything I would love to hear from them, please leave a comment…
Image courtesy of: DannyMcL
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