The City of Paris has introduced new rules which allow cyclists to go through red traffic lights under certain circumstances. Apparently, the rule is part of a series of measures by the city to dramatically increase cycling.
Paris isn’t the only jurisdiction that allows cyclists to ride through a red light.
In the States, Idaho has long had legislation which allows cyclists to go through stops signs and red lights. At a stop sign in Idaho, cyclists have to slow down, check if there’s traffic, and if it is safe to do so, they can continue on without making a complete stop. At a red light, after coming to a stop and checking to see if there’s traffic, cyclists are allowed to ride through a traffic light even when its red.
These kind of rules simply reflect that the need to regulate bicycles on the road are far different than for large motorized vehicles.