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Pulling Out The Stops

In 1982 the Idaho legislature passed a law that allows bicyclists to in some cases treat stop signs as though they were yield signs. Under this law, permitting that there were no vehicles at the intersection, cyclists would perform a rolling stop. In addition, bicyclists are permitted to treat a red light at an intersection with no other traffic as a stop sign—first coming to a complete stop and then proceeding forward. Now known as the “Idaho Stop Law” or the “Stop as Yield” to many people, both legislators and advocates alike are beginning to explore the possibility of passing a similar law in their state. Unsurprisingly, this law generates considerable controversy—even among some bicycle advocates.

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  1. John in RoseburgJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:35 am

    There was talk of a similar law here in Oregon but there was a frenzy of vocal opposition from car drivers who thought it provided unfair rights to bicyclists. Of course they are a bunch of hypocrites who virtually never come to a complete stop at a stop sign themselves and who treat red lights as a signal for the car behind them.

  2. terryJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    this will only increase the “Hate”, and in Boulder there are already too many rude, inexperienced cyclists with a self-righteous attitude.
    of course, they are already doing rolling stops anyway…

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