Let’s Make the Bicycle Safety Stop Legal in California!

People who ride bikes should be able to treat stop signs as yields.
It’s safe. It’s smart. It’s common sense.

Bike Stop-as-Yield

Every day, thousands of bike riders across California slow as they approach stop signs. They look both ways. If there is traffic, they stop; if not, they roll safely through the intersection. 

Right now, this is illegal under California law. The Bicycle Safety Stop Bill (AB 1713, Boerner Horvath) will make his commonsense bike rider behavior legal. A similar bill passed the California Assembly and Senate in 2021, only to be vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. We are hopeful that a revised version, which legalizes the Bicycle Safety Stop for bike riders aged 18 and up, will get the support to become law in 2022.

Data from Delaware shows that collisions involving bikes at intersections went down by 23% after the state adopted the bicycle safety stop.

You might know the stop-as-yield as the Idaho stop because Idaho was the first state to legalize it, way back in 1982. It’s time for California to make the Bicycle Safety Stop legal, too.

CalBike video explaining the bicycle stop-as-yield law

Thank you to Spencer Boomhower for the animation, originally created to promote the Idaho stop in Oregon.

4 reasons to support the Bicycle Safety Stop Bill

  1. Safety. Our streets are safer when everyone knows what to expect from each other. Legalizing the commonsense move of slowing and rolling through a stop sign on a bike reduces conflicts between bike riders and car drivers.
  2. Uniformity. California’s neighboring states have adopted similar laws. The bicycle safety stop will help bike riders throughout the West know what to expect.
  3. Respect. A minority of car drivers will use any excuse to stereotype people who ride bikes as outlaws. These anti-bike attitudes lead to harassment and threatening behavior on the streets and, in a few cases, to outright violence against bike riders. Legalizing the safety stop recognizes the rights of people on bikes to share the streets and affirms that they are riding responsibly when they practice the bicycle safety stop.
  4. Equity. Like other minor infractions, failure to stop is disproportionately enforced against poor and BIPOC people. Removing the infraction takes away one tool of oppression.

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