22
Apr
09

Paul: Idaho Stops

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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

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3 Responses to “Paul: Idaho Stops”


  1. 1 EM
    April 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    i TOTALLY got stopped by a cop that threatened me with a $247 ticket for rolling through a stop sign in a *very dead* part of the NE industrial area…. luckily he was carrying some teenage degenerate (prolly from Gresham) and didn’t issue me the ticket. phew.

    btw! I just bought a new bike! and it’s japanese!

  2. 2 gaycondo
    April 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    oooh, I’m excited to see it. We should all go on a bikeride sometime.

    Paul

    p.s. write a blog post, dammit

  3. May 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Bob Mionske writes a very excellent blog (check link). He observed that drivers are far more aggro towards bicycles rolling through stops than they are to each other for speeding. Obviously they don’t cite each other as often as they bring up cyclists for what we do on the road. Bicycles can and do maneuver over roads more efficiently and this is probably a major source of rage if you are constrained to a two-ton machine in stinky traffic.

    PS. Most likely you’re already aware that the minority community in North Portland is a major constituency in anti-cycling campaigns. I was brought up to speed this year in doing some research for a class that they see mass cycling as yet another way white people get away with flagrantly breaking the law. Pick up a Skanner and you’ll see that they are fully in support of the bicycle registration fee.


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