Take Our Poll: Should Bicyclists Be Required To Stop At Signs?
A new law takes effect today in Washington State and it's got some folks frustrated.
I can agree that it doesn't make a lot of sense because I personally think cyclists need to adhere to the rules of the road like a motorist but maybe there is a good reason behind the new law.
I'm not an avid bicyclist so there must be a reason for the law so let's discuss.
We also have a poll for you to take to let us know how you feel about the new law.
So effective October 1, 2020 bicyclists are exempt from coming to a complete stop at stop signs as detailed in RCW 46.61.190.
A new study from the Department Of Seattle explains the benefits of the "Safety Stop Law"
"The study found that cities with Safety Stop laws had 14.5% fewer bicycle injuries one year after adoption, and 30.4% better overall bicycle safety than similar cities.
Oregon has already passed a similar law in 2019 and other states have followed through on passing similar laws.
The Benton County Sheriff's Department posted a clarification on the new law:
This exemption does not give bicyclists the right to disregard traffic. You are still required to yield to other traffic at an intersection with a stop sign. Bicyclists are still required to come to a complete stop for school bus stop signs or for railroad crossings.
So take our Poll - Let us know if you agree or disagree with the new law and we'll share the results tomorrow on the morning show.
Enter your number to get our free mobile app