The Uncomfortable Relationship Between Bikes and Red Lights

It’ll come as no surprise to cyclists—not to mention irritated drivers—that bike riders tend to have what we might kindly refer to as selective vision when it comes to stop signs and traffic signals. Cyclists regularly run stop signs and signaled intersections when the coast is clear.

This article begins with a problem that we are all aware of: cyclists (and motorists) frequently ignore stop signs.  This is well known problem but what is the solution?

This article cites a study study done on a Portland intersection which showed that “of the 497 cars observed only 36 ran red lights, while 58 of the 99 bicycles observed blew right through. That’s about 7% of cars compared to 58% of bicycles.”

Regarding potential solutions to this problem, some states have passed the Idaho Stop Law, which allows bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs.  Here in Tucson, a solution for intersections on the 4th Ave/Fontana Bike Boulevard was traffic circles with yield signs.  This innovation allows bicyclists to kept their momentum through the intersection while also slowing down vehicle traffic.  These intersection appear to be much more effective from a safety standpoint over a 4-way or 2-way stop intersection.

This article is great but the comment section is even better.  What is your opinion?  What do you generally do at the Treat St. & 3rd St. 4-way stop?

Link to the article here: The Uncomfortable Relationship Between Bikes and Red Lights


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