Urban Velo

Fort Collins Stop-As-Yield

Fort Collins, Colorado is currently debating implementing the “Idaho Stop Law” as it’s called where bike riders may treat stop signs as yield signs when the intersection is completely clear of traffic. Read about the push for the stop-as-yield policy in the Coloradoan in this August 2013 article, outlining the for and against sides of the Fort Collins arguement. At least one columnist isn’t in favor of the porposed change in law, reportedly because she is more fearful of cyclists than cars on her commute to work, a definite leap in logic given the numbers of riders injured or killed by cars as compared to fellow cyclists. That said, there are two sides to the stop-as-yield policy and it’s worth following along to see how it plays out, especially for advocates that hope to implement (or prevent) stop-as-yield policies in their locale.

Learn more about the 1982 Idaho Stop Law in Urban Velo #17, Pulling Out The Stops.


  1. TonySeptember 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The thing that worries me about this is that it’s a law that creates a separate law for bikes. It’s a slippery slope. One thing that I like about laws regarding vehicles is that I have the exact same rights and obligations on the road as a car does. Once we make the first law separating bikes from all other vehicles on the road, when do they start making laws restricting my rights? Nobody’s talking about that now, but this law opens that box.

  2. bradSeptember 20, 2013 at 2:02 amAuthor

    Bicycles, cars, and trucks already have different laws regarding their use based on weight, size, tax status etc. This would not be the first law that designates bicycles as different than other vehicles.

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