The Oregon legislature has recently been considering a bill that would allow cyclists to treat stop signs like a yield, AKA Idaho stops. For something that seems like a no-brainer to me the debate has become an opportunity for a lot of people to bitch and moan about bikes being a nuisance. The comments on a local news channel’s recent article about the bill were almost all negative and many suggested regulating the shit out of riding a bike.
A lot of drivers think that cyclists pose a danger to them and should be required to hold a license and carry insurance. I cringe at the thought of that, I mean there might be some danger to a kid riding around their neighborhood but we’re not going to institute an age limit or make them pay for insurance. And what about skaters??? Riding a bike is a simple solution to a lot of complex problems, and the government should do whatever they can to encourage people to do it. This video does a good job of explaining what a rolling “Idaho” stop looks like and why everyone does it already anyway.
and just for fun here’s a video of the annual nake bike ride in Portland