Thursday, May 22, 2014

Idaho Stops

Badler communicates my view pretty well. I don't have any problem with responsible Idaho Stopping anymore than I have a problem with responsible jaywalking. Responsible jaywalking means that drivers (and cyclists!) traveling at legal speed should not have to worry about slowing down or swerving to avoid pedestrians, and responsible Idaho Stopping means that cars or pedestrians traveling in legal ways shouldn't have to worry about hitting, or being hit by, cyclists running stop signs or lights. Traffic enforcement focusing on responsible jaywalking or Idaho Stopping is absurd, but that doesn't mean we should legalize them. And in my experience, too many cyclists do it irresponsibly and I have to worry about dodging them in the crosswalk.