Cyclists are now allowed to turn right at red lights (FR)
France has taken a first step in making life easier for cyclists. They are now allowed to turn right at certain junctions that are equipped with new traffic signs and traffic lights.
This January the French ministry of the interior published a decree about the implementation of special new traffic signs and traffic lights for cyclists. From now on cyclists are allowed to turn right or cross the junction at red traffic lights at inner-city junctions, should there be a sign or traffic light to indicate that. However, at such junctions cyclists have to grant priority to vehicles and pedestrians that have a green light and stop if necessary. It is planned to implement this new signposting step by step at selected junctions on certain routes. Currently, a violation against the priority of other traffic participants and the failure to observe a red light costs €135 in France.
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Contact: Susanne Wrighton
BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).