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Advocates pursuing rolling-stop bicycle OK despite S.F.'s mayors veto

Original post made on Jan 21, 2016

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee followed through Tuesday on his pledge to veto an ordinance that would have allowed bicyclists to roll through stop signs when it was safe to do so.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 21, 2016, 8:19 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Alexey
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

The law does not allow going at full speed through intersections - just to slow down to crawling speed. As a bicycle rider, I can tell it make a lot of difference - accelerating from 0 is much more difficult.

Posted by Jim Van Dyke
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

I hope Pleasanton, as the city of planned progress, will also soon consider allowing bike riders rolling stops when no other roadway users are present in the intersection. Bear in mind that bike riders have unparalleled visibility of other travelers, and while they are at risk of being injured by motorists this risk is one-sided (because a bike rider isn't likely to injure a motorist). As a person who is closely following this topic, I'd urge readers to catch the key sentence in the article above, which accurately stated that when everyday bike riders actually DID come to a complete halt at every stop sign, traffic was intolerably tied up for motorists everywhere! In other words, if bike riders follow the letter of the law it is BAD for motorists because they are inconvenienced.

Posted by EagleEyes
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

The last time I saw a Pleasanton adult on a bike stop for a stop sign when traffic was clear was in 1995.

Posted by don't need that here
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

Pleasanton is far different from SF as we do not have blocked intersections due to the massive number of bike commuters. We simply have overly entitled cyclists who refuse to comply with any of the laws. They ride two and three across into the lanes of traffic, they don't even pretend to slow down for stop lights or stop signs, they ride full speed on the sidewalks and they are never cited for any of this.

When these jerks start complying with the laws -- ALL of the LAWS -- then we might consider a little relief on the full stops.

Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

Rolling stop for bikes is last thing we need.. Not good for cars or bikes. Cars must now wait for bikes to pull over since cars cannot cross yellow lines! More danger for all with my way or highway attitude of bike riders. Good judgement by SF Mayor.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

The only bicyclist I have ever seen stop at an intersection was maybe a 4 or 5 year old on a bike with training wheels and the parents walking alongside, as for all those other bikers, HEY, share the road and start following the rules of the road!! Allowing cars to cruise thru red lights and stop signs would be good for the environment by using a lot less fossil fuels- why not take out all stop signs and stop lights, first person through that intersection wins!!

Posted by Steve
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Paris is one of the latest cites to allow rolling bicycle stops. Following a six month test period they discovered that deaths and injuries from car-bicycle collisions dropped significantly. And yes, there are as many bicyclists violating stop signs and lights as there are motorists. Please member that stoplights with sensors do not always register bicyclist.

a resident of Avila
on Jan 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

Remember driving is a privilege not a right. The only difference is the DMV requires some vehicle drivers to be licenced. With that said, the laws are for EVERYONE ! So do as I do, I follow the law perfectly.
When I approach an intersection with four way stop or cross traffic stop and see bicyclist approaching, I wait at my stop sign till they are at theirs and slowly pull into the intersection as they get to their stop sign, with a complete stop from the bicyclist there is never a problem, but for the law breakers, well that's a different story. Usually an unlawful bycyclist will run their stop sign, too bad. The laws are quite clear, ALL VEHICALS MUST STOP AT A STOP SIGN. I have every right to expect ALL users of the roadway to obey the laws as they are written.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:01 am

"When I approach an intersection with four way stop or cross traffic stop and see bicyclist approaching, I wait at my stop sign till they are at theirs"

You don't have to wait if you are already stopped and they are still approaching the stop sign. You can go ahead.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

Special privileges for special people, like Hilderbeast!!?

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