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MCN's guide to urban riding: Traffic lights

Bikes are great in cities; they are small, nimble and have power-to-weight ratios that would make even top sports cars wince. This means they are almost perfect for standing starts, or traffic lights. To make sure you get away from traffic lights safely and quickly MCN has produced a handy guide in association with Spada. 1. It may be tempting to focus...

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Sep 10

Posts: 30

Histy says:

Good habits

Some good tips here for urban riding, i don't agree that you should try and squeeze a shoulder check in before moving off, unless your changing position to turn (but you should already be there) Our main hazards are in front and cross roads ether side. be ready to give way to emergency vehicles. Boring i know but it is beneficial to hold the bike on the front break and popping it in neutral, keep the left foot on the peg, amber, gear, GO Histy

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Nov 08

Posts: 122

rcraven says:

Not to happy with number 8.  On some bikes that could mean one hell of a lot of revs and a loud noise. and if u get the clutch wrong a wheely.

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Feb 05

Posts: 28

rjdjones says:

Mirror, mirror, mirror

Can't emphasise number 1 enough.

  At lights all I was really concerned about was waiting for the lights to change to I could set off.  Recently though one of the guys at work I know was at lights and while he was just about to set off with the lights changing an idiot in a cage went straight into the back of his bike.  Luckily he was only injured a little, but his bike was totalled ... and it's really knocked his confidence.

Since then I heard about someone who was killed at the lights because some cretin drove into the back of them at the lights.

Keep an eye on your mirror and be ready for anyone who "didn't see you".  

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:


Tired, after a near 350 mile trip with the misses oop back, I took off at the green having nosed our way to the front of the queue, just a few weeks back.

The misses shouted a warning before I'd seen the bastard, a taxi van coming through on an exceedingly late red, taking a right at better than 40 mph.   Hit the brakes hard, and the taxi van sliced just in front of us.  SOAB.  But it was a salutary reminder - always treat traffic lights as if it were an open junction, and never trust drivers coming the other way until you see the whites of their eyes.  And don't trust them then either.

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Sep 09

Posts: 2

Greyinoz says:

Best to treat green lights in Thailand if there no trafic going through ahead and one can't see the intersection clearly as a four way stop, but do mind the Hilux coming up behind at 100 mph.

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Aug 07

Posts: 55

smartroad says:

There is a traffic lighted roundabout on my way to work that feeds traffic from the M3. As I come on from the local traffic it is amazing to watch the number of people who have jumped the red light. The nubmer of near misses that I have seen as cars sometime have to swerve around others is macarbly fascinating.

I have taken to delaying my start to ensure that there is no car comming through, but even with that precaution I have almost been sideswiped more then once. One occasion the cager had the cheek to have a go at me! Yes because me going on green is obviously the wrong thing to do LOL.

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Jun 10

Posts: 25

mcned says:

CBR & AFKAN are right

Spot on AFKAN. As for the shoulder check - do it, there will always be a cyclist trying to keep momentum up by going through the traffic at the same pace regardless of whether it is stationary, moving or about to move. Love the way they swing in front of you too...numpties indeed.

As for 3/4 revs.....try that on a supermoto or trailie and you will very quickly know what it feels like to flip a bike and have a bus up your jaxie at the same time...

Also, if you learnt something in the advice above by MCN, then you shouldn't really be riding in a small hamlet let alone a city like London.

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Nov 09

Posts: 154

Meaty79 says:


If your talking about the roundabout in Basingstoke the best thing to do is treat every one around there like idiots because unfortunately alot of them are and if someone cuts you up in Basingstoke it's always your fault because you are in there way as far as they are concerned. Take it easy everyone and ride safe.

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May 10

Posts: 12

nss5pjs says:

Staying Alive

When I'm sitting at a light, I keep my eyes open and as a rule, don't select neutral unless there are at least four cars behind me on a busy street. I sometimes stretch my arms out to create more visibility if it appears that someone is closing in on me at an insufficient stopping distance.

I have blown through a couple of lights to save my arse when i see that I'm getting rear ended in a second or two!  Obviously very bloody dangerous, but then, so is getting ran down by a ten ton truck. 

On a good size bike, pulling away from the light, could land you in trouble by leterally rear ending someone way in front of you. I have woken up in a hurry a few times as the acceleration of my CBR1100XX takes my sleepy head by suprize as I close in fast on a slow vehicle ahead.

If you move just an inch or two at the light, it can be just enough to create enough visibility to be seen.

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