Comment 34323

By JonC (registered) | Posted October 01, 2009 at 12:07:21

Cars roll through stop signs all the time. But don't take my word for it, pick a spot, sit down and watch. More importantly, all those things exist for bikes as well. As for the police, if you see a law being broken and the cop isn't doing anything, it probably isn't serious, just like the car driver doing the same thing. But if you are actually concerned as the exclamation point above would imply, you should mention it to the cop next time, to figure out why they aren't doing their job. Take badge numbers, report them to their superiors, whatever. But you don't, and you're not going to the next time it happens, and neither is anyone else, and it's because the vast majority of cyclists rolling through a stop sign are a) paying attention, b) able to stop on a dime, and c) will if they need to yield.

I've seen bad behaviour from bikes myself, most recently, passing me in the bike lane, while I was stopped waiting for a pedestrian to clear my lane. But, in general, most cyclists have it together, just like most car drivers. I would suggest, that in observing casually from your car, you only notice what you want to notice. But I could be wrong, which would explain the millions of bicycle accidents reported daily.

For reference, I made at least a half dozen full stops on a 15 minute ride home yesterday (and about the same number rolling).

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