A rightful veto of rolling stops for San Francisco bike riders

Editorial : sfchronicle – excerpt

San Francisco’s transportation world makes it easy to skip driving and ride a bike instead. But safety, not convenience, remains a priority — as Mayor Ed Lee rightly noted in vetoing a plan that would have allowed cyclists to roll through stop signs.

The mayor’s stance, which he made clear weeks ago, should end a shortsighted idea that endangers cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. The Board of Supervisors approved the sliding stops by a 6-5 vote. A veto override would take eight votes…

San Francisco has ambitions to cut street deaths and injuries by adopting a far-ranging Vision Zero plan that focuses on accident-prone intersections, slows driving speeds and protects pedestrians. Cyclists have a stake in all these goals, and halting at stop signs should be included… (more)

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