By Tribune News Service : sfexaminer – excerpt
Cyclists in California would be allowed to pedal past stop signs — without stopping — under legislation proposed by two lawmakers who say it would make the roads safer.
The two-tiered approach to the rules of the road — one for cyclists and one for cars — is unlikely to ease growing tensions over sharing California’s roadways.
Bike advocates have won such victories in the Statehouse as requiring drivers to yield a three-foot radius of manoeuvring room to cyclists or face fines. Motorists meanwhile have expressed frustration that they see certain cyclists pick and choose which laws to follow.
Assemblymen Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced their measure on Friday that would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as merely yield signs — proceeding with caution if conditions are safe.
In effect, it would legalize the so-called California roll, although just for bicyclists…(more)
This law AB-1103 Bicycles: yielding has been through the legislature a number of times and has not passed yet. It will create more problems than it will solve and is not supported by all cyclists:
- Will this apply to 2-way stop signs or just 4-way stop signs? How will cyclists know the difference?
- Does anyone think cyclists will slow down more than they do now to look before “rolling” through?
- Legislators should include a clause that requires cyclists to purchase licenses and insurance to cover damages resulting from passage of this new law.
- This will be particularly difficult for drivers of large vehicles like buses and trucks, who can’t easily see bikes or stop on a dime when they do.
- How can SFMTA speed buses though intersections when they must worry about hitting cyclists rolling through stop signs?
- This will negatively impact the safety of other cyclists, pedestrians, tourists and young people who will find it even more confusing to walk safely on the streets than they do now.
- Wait for the lawsuits to come in.
Details on the AB-1103 – An act to amend Section 21200 of the Vehicle Code, relating to bicycles – Introduced by Assembly Members Obernolte and Ting (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Chávez, and Kiley)
Principal coauthor: Senator Wiener