While I have been riding my bike in Edinburgh for a couple years now and feel quite confident on the streets, there is still one bit of the cycling experience I don’t understand.
The traffic light.
Don’t get me wrong – this can be my favourite place because you can see cyclists up close, check out their style, and maybe even have a bit of chat.
But I’m confused as to what the actual cycling etiquette at a red light is. What is best practice if there is no cycle lane and quite a few cyclists stopped? Is it OK to budge to the front of other cyclists? Folks move in front of me all the time at the light (while I’m a big fan of super sporty guys on expensive bikes – it always seems to be you!). Sure, some bikes aren’t as fast, but don’t be fooled by my skirt and sweet-looking Saracen. We are a tough combo. Sometimes, they aren’t faster than me so I find myself close behind them in busy traffic.