The most dangerous place on the road for a person on a bike? The intersection.
Almost all street intersections in California pose as a safety threat to people on bikes. The longer it takes for a person on a bike to pass through an intersection, the greater likelihood that they’ll get hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Assemblymembers Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) have introduced AB 1103 to allow people on bikes to treat stop signs as yield signs whenever it is safe to do so. Modeled after the "Idaho Stop" law of 1982, AB 1103 has the potential to reduce car-on-bike collisions, eliminate unnecessary enforcement, and allow people on bikes to keep their momentum moving forward. When people on bikes cross more safely at intersections and traffic flows more smoothly, it is a win-win for everyone.
Legislation Update: AB 1103, the bipartisan stop-as-yield bill, was delayed by last-minute opposition in June. Assemblymembers Obernolte and Ting have pushed the bill to a 2-year schedule to gather more data and generate broader support, and hope to have it ready for next year's session.
We're building momentum and support for AB 1103, and we need to hear from you.
Add your name below in support of the California "Stop As Yield" policy and make biking safer and more accessible for all.
Changes to V.C. 21200:
A person operating a bicycle approaching a stop sign, after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching from another highway or street so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping. However, if required for safety, the person shall stop before entering the intersection, and may proceed after yielding the right-of-way...A person operating a bicycle pursuant to this section shall continuously signal an intention to turn right or left during the last 100 feet traveled before the turn, provided that a signal by hand and arm need not be given if the hand is needed to control or operate the bicycle.
Lisette van Vliet
San Luis Obispo Biccycle Club
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