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SF considers ‘Idaho stop’ for bikes

Bikes and stop signs are definitely not like peanut butter and chocolate. That's why San Francisco is considering allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, a practice commonly known as the "Idaho stop," because the Gem State has allowed such a move for decades.

The New York Times reported:

San Francisco will become the largest city in the United States to pass a stop-as-yield law. Idaho and a few Colorado counties are the only places in the United States that permit the rolling stop, commonly called the “Idaho stop” because of its legality there since 1982. Paris adopted a similar law this summer. The move comes after years of tense relations between cyclists and drivers. Huh. I've never heard of such a thing. Here in the Inland Northwest we get along splendidly. More from Nick Deshais/Getting There blog here.

Question: Did you know that Idaho bicyclists are allowed to treat stop signs as yield signs? As a bicyclist, I appreciate that Idaho allows this. How about you?


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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