Stop and Roll (more on stop signs)

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As a follow up to my post the other day [Why Bicyclists Hate Stop Signs], I wanted to point out that the SF Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission is currently looking at the feasibility of a “stop and roll” law for California cyclists, similar to the one in Idaho. If it eventually goes through, cyclists would be able to treat stop signs as yield signs, and red lights as stop signs.

Of course, many cyclists are already using the so called “stop and roll” approach; the new law would only change the legality of the practice.

In some cases, stop signs are used more to calm traffic and control speed than as safety devices. In the Netherlands, there is an experiment underway in which stop lights have been completely removed from an entire city. It’s an interesting concept, but somehow I can’t quite see it in California, with our 50mph parkways and battalions of oversized SUVs (there’s nothing like a good ol’ red light to tame a herd of 3-ton steel beasts).

Maybe, just maybe, a “stop and roll” law would be a good compromise.

5 Responses to “Stop and Roll (more on stop signs)”

  • Do The Right Thing » Red Light, Stop Sign, Yield, Give Way, Cédez le Passage » Sweat365 » Fitness Community says:

    […] that you can do the same – treat it like a cédez le passage sign. Hmmm. . . . and then today, the EcoVelo Blog had this article about the same rule applying to Stop signs – cyclists might be allowed to treat them as […]

  • andy parmentier says:

    “everyone knows it’s windy” i wrote yesterday regarding my unicycle dancing and then realized how many people had responded to the “why everybody hates stop signs” and thought maybe that the wind likes to keep going right thru stop signs
    p.s. sorry but when i go out on a long trip in the middle of nowhere i get lots of ideas and that’s why i responded so much to yesterday’s eco velo

  • andy parmentier says:

    ..i rode “the middle of nowhere” ergo the wisconsin countryside..onto milwaukee where the harley davidson rally was underway (this was unplanned on my part-perhaps my black tour easy instigated my ride being a distant silent cousin..and i myself “hog” lots of space on this website-so i’m the motormouth harley hog not my bike)

  • Jeff says:

    Concerns about the SUVs of California reveal that you are not quite as familiar with the legion of F-350s and diesel pickups that dominate the roadways of Idaho.

    Frankly, I’m unconvinced that the nature of the cars makes a difference in this bike-only law. The potential downside, however, is it might make cars feel less inclined to share the road with cyclists, since there would be a legal justification for exceptionalism.

  • Rob says:

    I agree with Jeff… most bike riders don’t obey traffic laws in any way. We should all “do the right thing”.

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