Across our state, people (advocates and politicians, planners and regular folk) are considering pursuing a change to state law that would allow people on bikes to yield at Stop signs rather than simply be required to stop. We’ve been asked for our support and think it could be a good idea. It works in Idaho – would it work here?
People on bikes have a better view of the road coming into intersections (no blind spots or giant metal engine buffer in front of them). They can also hear oncoming traffic better and many people who bicycle feel that coming to a complete stop only frustrates motorists behind them since it can take some people on bikes more time to regain lost momentum.
Such a law would still require a person to yield at stop signs and would still allow a cyclist to come to a complete stop. Support for this kind of change is stirring up a lot of talk among planners, advocates and FDOT officials. What do you think?
As we mentioned here recently, we do not support rolling through Stops, but we know why many of you already do it when you feel it is safe. If you think you should be allowed to roll through Stop Signs, check out this breakdown of the ‘Idaho Law‘ and let us know if this is a priority for you. That makes it a priority for us, too.
Ride Safely and please remember that whenever you ride, you are a role model for better bicycling.