Support the Bicycle Safety Stop

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 Law (AB 122) would make this commonsense bike rider behavior legal.

A Delaware study found that the bicycle safety stop reduced collisions involving bikes at intersections by 23%.

Similarly, Idaho, which was the first to adopt a stop-as-yield law for bikes (the “Idaho stop”), has one of the best track records for bicycle safety in the nation.

Sign now, and tell all your friends, to support the Bicycle Safety Stop Bill, which legalizes stop-as-yield for bikes. 

Dear California Assembly Members, Senators, and Governor Newsom: 

Studies have shown that allowing people who ride bikes to treat stop signs as yields improves road safety.  AB 122, the Bicycle Safety Stop Law, will make this commonsense maneuver legal, so all road users know what to expect.

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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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