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Less than five per cent of cyclists break traffic laws compared to 66 per cent of motorists, according to a report.
The study, by the Danish Road Directorate, was conducted by installing video cameras at major junctions in Danish cities, including Copenhagen.
Researchers - Behaviour - Cyclists - Intersections - Cities
The researchers analysed the behaviour of 28,579 cyclists crossing intersections in various large and small cities across the country.
They found that just 4.9 per cent broke the rules while on bicycle paths, while that number increased to 14 per cent when there were no designated paths present.
Findings - Government - Yesterday - Perception - Road
The findings, published by the Danish government yesterday, directly contradict the popular perception held by many that cyclists frequently break road safety laws.
The study's researchers found that the vast majority of offences were committed by cyclists turning to the right, but at little risk of colliding with other road users.
Foot - Path - Transgression - Cyclists
Cycling on the foot path was the second most frequently observed transgression by cyclists.
In smaller cities with less cycle paths, cyclists breaking the rules were twice as numerous, suggesting that installing this infrastructure is a good way to encourage law-abiding behaviour.
Town - Cyclists - Rules
They found that the smaller the town, the more the cyclists broke the rules.
This is because 'there is less traffic and more manageable traffic conditions in the provincial...
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