Only three fixed penalty notices have been issued by West Midlands Police for cyclists jumping red lights in the last three years - a tiny fraction of the number in London.
One was given out in 2014/15, two in 2013/14, and none at all in 2012/13, statistics following a Mail Freedom of Information request reveal.
Yet in London, police issued 4,000 notices in 2013 alone.
The local figures have led some to believe the figures are far from a true reflection of the problem in Birmingham.
And West Midlands Police Commissioner David Jamieson has said he will raise the matter with senior officers – to see if there is an issue.
He said: “Road safety laws are for everyone. All road users, whether they are cyclists, motorists or pedestrians, need to follow the rules.
“We all share the roads and need to respect each other when using them.”
The maximum fine for jumping a light is £1,000 – the same as for motorists.
David Cox, chairman of national cycling charity CTC, believes that the London figures are high because of a major drive by police to reduce cycling casualties.
He said: “Cycling in London is very different to Birmingham and the West Midlands. You often see cyclists in London jumping the lights.
“It is not necessarily a safety issue, more an act of discourtesy to others. There are far more dangerous things on the roads – driving with mobile phones, texting while driving, for example.”
While the chances of being fined for jumping a red light seem remote, cyclists are much more likely to be collared for riding on the pavement.
Some 17 were ticketed for that offence in 2012/13, and seven in 2013/14.
But no-one received a fine for the cycling on the pavement in 2014/15.
In terms of other cycling-related offences in the West Midlands, four people have been given a fixed-penalty notice in the last three years for carrying more than one person on a bike.
And six have been fined for offences involving lights or reflectors.