I agree – cyclists should stop at red regardless (unless to do so would cause an accident) But it would make more sense if TfL prioritised cyclists at junctions. I’m sure some cyclists skip the junctions are doing so to escape the inevitable revving of impatient drivers behind. (I simply get off the bike and walk it over).
On another note, you have to actually be able to SEE a red light to be able to stop at it. Take the lights along Bloomsbury Way with those *stupid* grilles on them (TfL, are you listening?), which are virtually impossible for anyone at cycle to see the light on red (or green, or anything else). So how sure can you be a cyclist has actually seen a red light?
And finally. You have to be able to see not only the lights, but other road markings to detect where a red light should be. Take Victoria Embankment travelling West. Cut to a potentially lethal set of lights somewhere along the Embankment near Temple Place. Imagine an inexperienced cyclist travelling West along the Embankment with traffic revving behind, trying to keep up, sees a turning on the right. Marvellous, well it looks like a right turn, but you won’t see the “no right turn” sign that is probably there, but you will not see from three lanes across on the left, because 25 cars are in the way travelling at 45mph obscuring your view. You have, what, 0.75 sec to make a decision. That junction, which you cross several lanes to position yourself to turn, at speed (to avoid getting run over), will find you cycling into oncoming traffic coming at 45mph the other way. No red light, but hey, who’s listening. The road is for cars anyway. Flipping marvellous bit of engineering there from TfL, thanks guys!
The joys of cycling in a ‘cyclised city’.