The Always Controversial Idaho Stop
San Fransisco is the latest city to try to implement a version of the Idaho Stop. Aptly named because the rolling stop was put into law for bicyclist in the 70’s in Idaho. This video that Oregan tried to use to get a similar law passed explains how it works. (Unfortunately it was a large majority of the cycling community that opposed it.)
I have been participating in and watching a discussion happening on a post over at Citylab. It shows a pretty good cross section of for and against opinions. But it also shows how much misinformation and division there is out there. Here is the article: Should Cyclists Have to Stop at Stop Signs?
What it shows me is that you will never be able to please everyone. Or, convince the staunch opposition that bike lanes/trails, different road rules for bicyclists and infrastructure that works for everyone, (people walking, people driving and people on bikes), is GOOD for everyone.
There are even those in the bicycle camp that oppose bicycles NOT being in the same category as motorized vehicles. They fear they will lose access to roads. I know, sounds a bit crazy, but this is what people out there are thinking.
It just reinforces for me that cooperating with like minded bicycle advocates to move things forward, (even if just baby steps), is the way to go. Being divisive and argumentative won’t accomplish what we want.
What do you think? Are you doing something in your community to make getting from point A to point B safer?