[dc-critmass-list] DC-EXAMINER\In defense of the rolling stop for bicycle riders
jym at econet.org
Fri Apr 17 16:36:06 EDT 2009
In defense of the rolling stop for bicycle riders
by Adam Voiland
DC Bicycle Transportation Examiner | 17-Apr-2009, 12:58
Oregon is debating a law that would make stop signs into yields
for cyclists. Bike Portland has been following this so-called
Idaho Stop Law closely. Locally, Greater Greater Washington and
WashCycle have written recently on the topic.
The District isn't debating a stop law at this point, but there
has been talk of beefing up enforcement of cycling violations
by putting rolling DDOT enforcement team on the streets. How
aggressively these officers target cyclists who roll through --
rather than completely stop at stop signs -- will have
implications for DC riders.
While the knee-jerk reaction of non-cyclists is typically that
cyclists should come to a complete stop at stop signs without
exception, experienced riders know this is an impractical
requirement that even the most safety-conscious, non-aggressive
riders rarely follow. Watch this animation, which was made by
Spencer Boomhower, to learn why.
[Video at Above Link]
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