Male cyclists worse at red lights than women

Men were nearly twice as likely to ride through red lights as women, according to a study at 10 intersections in Melbourne.

A total of 4225 cyclists faced a red traffic light and 292 cyclists (6.9 per cent) rode through them.  The proportion of non-compliant cyclists varied across sites from 3.9 per cent to 13 per cent.  No collisions were observed.

The study – Riding through red lights the rate, characteristics and risk factors of non-compliant urban commuter cyclists – was done by the Monash University Accident Research Unit.

The authors were Marilyn Johnson, Stuart Newstead, Judith Charlton, Jennifer Oxley.

Cyclists turning left had the highest proportion of infringement and this was higher among male cyclists (62.3 per cent) than females (38 per cent).

The types of bikes ridden and clothing worn were similar for male and female cyclists.

The most observed bike type was mountain/flat bar (males: 68.5 per cent, females: 82.1) with more males riding road bikes (30.2 per cent) than females (9.9) and more females on “other” bikes (8.1 per cent) than males (1.3).

The majority of all cyclists wore non-cycling clothing (females: 84.5 per cent, males: 65). Males were more likely to wear full cycling clothing (24.1 per cent) than females (6.7 per cent) with a similar proportion wearing half cycling clothing (males: 11 per cent, females: 8.8).

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