Thursday, January 15, 2009

BTA to Support Idaho Stop Law Here

In an exciting addition to their legislative agenda, the BTA yesterday announced they would seek to pass an Idaho style Stop Law this year. Bikeportland also has the announcement and extensive discussion. The BTA also published a FAQ on the proposed law.

Why this? Because starting and stopping a bike is really inefficient and dramatically increases the energy requirements during riding. Moreover, at night, it's not always safest to stop at a deserted intersection. From the FAQ, the law would apply only to stop signs and would
make it legal for bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs. A cyclist approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign, would be permitted to roll through the stop sign after yielding the right of way if there are other vehicles at the intersection.

For more on the BTA legislative agenda see this.

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