• Utah may become 2nd state to legalize rolling stops for bicycles

    by  • February 23, 2011 • Legislation and Policy, Safety, Traffic Control • 1 Comment

    Utah News — Despite opposition from car insurance companies, a House committee endorsed a bill Tuesday that would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as if they were yield signs. Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, said HB155 would make roads safer and would reflect what cyclists already do. She said allowing cyclists to merely slow and proceed when no cars are present allows them to be less wobbly when going through intersections. It would attract more cyclists away from major highways onto neighborhood roads if they feel they can keep up speed without constantly slowing to full stops. The House Transportation Committee endorsed the measure 12-1 and sent it to the full House. Read the full story in the Salt Lake Tribune HERE.

    Currently, Idaho is the only state containing such a law, known as the “Idaho Stop”, with no negative impact whatsoever on bicycle safety or crash statistics. Will Delaware be next to consider such a bill? The below animation is a very compelling argument:

    Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo.

    One Response to Utah may become 2nd state to legalize rolling stops for bicycles

    1. Peter
      February 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

      who is it that is pretending to be concerned for cyclist safety? the insurance companies?

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