Check out Urban Velo’s post about a new proposed bike law in Oregon based on a law that now exists in Idaho. It allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, so they don’t have to loose momentum by coming to a complete stop when the intersection is clear. But it does continue to make “flying through a stop sign” illegal and increases the fine.
In New Orleans, I’m pretty sure 95% of us already treat stop signs as yield signs, but there are a good 5% or so percent that don’t stop or yield – they just fly right through causing dangerous situations for themselves, drivers, and pedestrians. Perhaps legalizing rolling stops for cyclists and taking on a strong public advertising campaign to explain the law would help with the situation. Apparently, the rolling stop law has worked really well in Idaho and the state overall has a very good bike safety record.
Bicycle Rolling Stop Animation – Idaho Stop Law
Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo.
Louisiana State Representation Michael Jackson has introduced a law into the state legislator to require drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of space and to make harassing cyclists a crime.
Recently New Orleanian Dr. Colin Goodier was killed by a driver on River Road in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Tiger Cycling Foundation started campaigning for 3 feet laws in response to his death and others in the Baton Rouge area.
The Baton Rouge Bike Club and Crescent City Cyclists are asking people to send a thank you e-mail to Rep. Jackson to introducing this bill. To add to that, NolaCycle would like to ask you e-mail or call your local representative and tell him or her that you support this measure and would like to see additional legislation to promote cycling.