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  •  In not all places is this illegal. (9+ / 0-)

    In Idaho, where I live, the bicycle laws—passed in the '80s—are surprisingly progressive. The Idaho Stop Law allows a cyclist to treat a stop sign as a yield sign (requiring him/her to stop only if there are other cars to whom they must yield) and stop lights as stop signs (stop, the proceed). Right turns on red are treated as yield signs.

    Now, this is not an excuse to proceed willy-nilly through intersections without any situational awareness, but it does allow me to keep my momentum, especially in a residential neighborhood with stop signs every block, little to no traffic and decent visibility. Also, if I'm using the full lane in town—where I can maintain the same speed as a car due to traffic signals—I won't rush around the line of cars at the light, unless there is a bike lane and it's open (free of snow or other debris).

    Most states are different; however, I wish they would follow Idaho's example. In the 30 years since the laws were changed, accidents and fatalities have dropped considerably. While some people may be breaking the law, I would try to learn the bicycle laws of a state before judging a cyclist as an uninformed motorist, just as a general rule.

    "The patriarchal form of government readily becomes despotic, as each person may see in his own family. Fathers…behold with impatience a new character and way of thinking… An empire is an immense egotism." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'The Young American'

    by JuDGe3690 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:34:46 AM PST

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