"An excellent article, very informative and good to read. A great beginner's guide too. Regarding stopping at the lights… I've been cycling for 25 years – no accidents – and have found the safest option is to get away before the traffic behind. If that means me going through a red light then so be it – as long as you still give pedestrians right of way. The cars behind are more of a danger to me than I am to anyone else. By hoing through the lights I don't mean flying tthrough with abandon. Either cross from a standstill – having watched for crossing traffic – or slow down to walking pace before continuing across th junction. You'll live longer that way"