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General Discussion / Re: Stopping vs Rolling Thru Stop Signs ??
« on: May 18, 2020, 03:39:31 pm »
Thanks, everyone for the info. Here was my answer to one opinion writer, for better or worse:
First, I'd like to admit to being an avid cyclist, frequently riding on Whispering Wind.  Do I coast through stop signs ?  With no cars in sight, it's the safest way to cycle so I do. There have been numerous studies backing this up, mostly sponsored by the biking industry so considered suspect by almost any non-cyclist. . However, several states have acted legally based on this research, the first being Idaho.  An “Idaho stop” law, passed in 1983, allows a bicyclist to treat a stop sign as a yield sign. In June of 2019, Oregon became the most recent state to approve this type of stop under Senate Bill 998, specifying in detail when a cyclist can enter an intersection without coming to a complete stop. Texas has discussed such a law, I understand, but failed to pass it.

The point at which you stop or start a bicycle is one of the more common times bike mishaps occur, particularly when riding in a group.  As an octogenarian I'm trying in every way to keep each bone in one piece and all skin on my knees and elbows,  Both cycling and walking bring great joy to many of us and an increased ability to eat. My favorite ride is into downtown Georgetown to a bakery.  I'm just trying to be as safe as possible while doing it.

I do see cyclists blasting through stop signs at full speed with cars in the vicinity. This is illegal, dangerous for all concerned and rude to boot. Not all of these scofflaws are from Sun City, but they will certainly slow down any passage of an 'Idaho Stop' type law in Texas.  Tickets might stop some of this behavior.

General Discussion / Stopping vs Rolling Thru Stop Signs ??
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:20:41 pm »
The bikers here are getting Berated for ignoring stop signs. There are some riders who blast thru, which is both rude and illegal. Most of us slow, maybe tap a foot on the pavement and roll thru with no traffic. I've always felt it was safer than all the starting & stopping, particularly with more than 25 stop signs for a 20 mile ride. I'd heard yrs. ago that 3 states permit rolling stops for bikes. Does anyone know of any research on this that's available ??

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