Bicyclists often get criticized for rolling though stop signs, but a recent Portland Bureau of Transportation data sampling found that motorists frequently aren’t any better at coming to a full stop than we are. From an interesting article in the Oregonian:
As state lawmakers debate giving Oregon bicyclists the rolling “Idaho” stop, outraged motorists have insisted the plan just legalizes the bad behavior of what, in their eyes, are a bunch of reckless anarchists.
Well, according to field research conducted by the city of Portland, there are indeed a lot of scofflaws blowing through stop signs around town.
We’re talking about commuters who apparently have a total disregard for safety and the law, coming to a full stop at intersections only 22 percent of the time.
See! It’s those dang bicyclists with their neon-colored jackets, self-righteous attitudes and ripped calves, right? Right? Actually, no. Those were motorists.
The Bureau of Transportation’s “data-sampling” at different times at five locations in 2006 and 2007 found that automobile drivers were nearly as dismissive of stop signs as cyclists.