It has been snowing and sleeting here during the past week and I witnessed a rear end collision between a car stopped at a red light and another that didn't/couldn't stop in time. I thought to myself, "Wow, if I had been standing there with my bike, obeying the law, I would be dead."
And THAT led to my remembering the only 2 traffic accidents I have been in as a cager.... both getting rear ended at a red light. Once, a car hit another that was behind me, and THAT one flew forward and hit me in turn. Now imagine if a cyclist was sitting there - crushed between the 2 cars
I wonder if there are statistics about cyclists getting hit while standing at red lights on slippery days. I doubt it, becasue there are so few wnter cyclists.... However, this line of thinking has got me reconsidering the wisdom of unquestioned obedience to traffic lights. Now when it is icy, I'm thinking that I just might ride through when the coast is clear. The law of survival trumps traffic law. What are your thoughts?