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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 12, 2010 at 14:17:30
@turbo - many regions have a little helper for the stop-sign frustration:
Bikes only have to stop at all-way stops if there's traffic already moving into the intersection. Otherwise they can coast through. A small thing that would make biking on side-roads far more pleasant. They have little bike-yield signs on the stop signs. I can't remember where this is - Portland, maybe? Whatever. Yeah, problem has been solved elsewhere.
You talk about this stuff like nobody's mentioned it before. Studies have been done - helmet laws and licensing actually make cycling more dangerous for cyclists, as crazy as that sounds. Why? Because it discourages cyclists. Fewer cyclists means fewer drivers remembering to check the bike-lane before making a right-hand turn, or checking their blind-spot before opening the driver-side doors, or whatever. Cyclists survive by being expected and familiar sights.
Helmet laws and licensing means that most people stop biking, and the few that keep biking become street meat.... including the ones that wear helmets and follow the laws.
Comment edited by Pxtl on 2010-10-12 13:19:03
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