Bike vs. Bike: The Idaho Stop Law In the early 1980s, the small rural state of Idaho made it legal for bicycle riders to treat stop signs as yield signs. Was Idaho’s move an example of prescience or shortsightedness? en-us <function copyright at 0x5409b90> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:22:51 GMT Idaho Stop Law rebuttle da560cd4-0306-11e3-ac06-1231394043be Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:22:51 GMT Idaho Stop Law fc7c683e-da1d-11e1-82e0-1231394043be Sat, 12 May 2012 13:56:03 GMT
Widespread motorist lawbreaking is ingrained in law enforcement (who have policies about how much of it to ignore, at least for white motorists) and traffic engineering. We have STOP signs at nearly every intersection in America not because of any burning need to have people stop, but as an attempt to get motorists to speed from street to street rather than down an entire stretch of street. Motorists, in fact, usually don't bother to stop anyway, preferring the "California roll" a.k.a. "Hollywood stop."

Yet some of these same motorists following their unlawful system of rules will blow a gasket when a bicyclist abides by different rules. Which is ridiculous, since "slow and go" is the _de_facto_ behavior all over the world, not just in Idaho, and not just for bikes.]]> fc7c06be-da1d-11e1-a729-1231394043be Tue, 01 May 2012 09:38:01 GMT
Police harassment? fc7bfd5e-da1d-11e1-9689-1231394043be Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:33:53 GMT Idaho stop law fc7bf804-da1d-11e1-84fd-1231394043be Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:38:01 GMT FUD
Bicycles are also very different, as pointed out by Lolly. Bike riders can see more and more clearly (unobstructed) and can stop much quicker than a car. The mechanics of the situation make this a safe thing to do and the "special treatment" for bikes is one more reminder to auto drivers that bikes are out there and they aren't going away. In fact, with gas prices rising like they are the bikes on the road will probably grow pretty steadily from now until we reach oil independence. ]]> fc7bf192-da1d-11e1-af29-1231394043be Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:49:35 GMT
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Maybe, some time in the future when cars actually believe and treat us as equals, a law like the ISL would be acceptable. But, I'd much rather have the respect and equal treatment that cars get than not to have to stop at a stop sign or light.]]> fc7becec-da1d-11e1-a513-1231394043be Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:21:39 GMT
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Rolling Stop fc759342-da1d-11e1-827d-1231394043be Sun, 28 Aug 2011 05:53:51 GMT Idaho Stop Law: A response Duan Cannon
Montessori Teacher and "Granny"
Columbus, OH
Now that would make Major Taylor smile!!!
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