Saturday, July 19, 2008

San Francisco law would let cyclists run stop signs.

From Urban Velo
According to a report on www.streetsblog.org, San Francisco is considering new legislature that allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and stoplights as stop signs. It’s something a lot of us do already, so this law essentially aims to decriminalize a victimless crime.

And while some people may think it seems like a totally unsafe proposition, consider how much easier it would be for cars to predict a cyclist’s next move. The state of Idaho recognizes the value of momentum to cyclists (and other human powered vehicles), and has a statute that reads, “A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a steady red traffic control light shall stop before entering the intersection and shall yield to all other traffic. Once the person has yielded, he may proceed through the steady red light with caution. Provided however, that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a right-hand turn. A left-hand turn onto a one-way highway may be made on a red light after stopping and yielding to other traffic.”

Read more at www.streetsblog.org.

http://urbanvelo.org/san-francisco-law-would-let-cyclists-run-stop-signs/

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

who can we talk to get this to happen here? I think it's feasible.

Anonymous said...

who can we talk to get this to happen here? I think it's feasible.

Bello Velo said...

hmmm are you being serious?

Anonymous said...

yes

Bello Velo said...

ok I will play. what is your plan?

Marshmallow said...

I dunno. Where should we try it. City level, state level, or both?

Critical Mass is Friday, right? Could we have everyone sign something to get some real numbers on paper? Maybe even drop by an SCCC meeting to get some more support.

I don't really know where to start