Aspen Considering Idaho Stop Law
The Aspen Times is reporting that city officials are considering adopting the “Idaho Stop” law that allows cyclists to yield at stop signs and proceed if the intersection is clear.
Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn said the “stop-as-yield approach” has proven to work in states such as Idaho, which changed its law allowing cyclists the option to yield some 30 years ago. A 2008 study by a University of California at Berkeley researcher showed that in Idaho, police and motorists have accepted the measure as public policy that makes sense.
“If people are already doing it for practical purposes, and it’s not causing a wave of traffic crashes around town, why don’t we at least discuss the possibility of changing the law and allowing people to do it legally? It removes the guesswork for the motorists,” he said.
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