Q&A - Should Cyclists be Able to Yield at Stop Signs?

Stop SignI listened to an interview last Thursday on CBC Radio's On the Coast with Stephen Quinn interviewing cyclists James Carruthers and Richard Campbell. It sounds to me like sour grapes after Carruthers was ticketed for running a red light in Vancouver. Campbell, of the BC Cycling Coalition wants the Motor Vehicle Act changed to allow cyclists to yield at stop signs instead of having to come to a full stop. Both feel that police have better things to do than enforce rules of the road for cyclists.

Comments

If you ride with cycling

If you ride with cycling shoes and toe clips or cleats, you come to detest unclipping for frequent stop signs. Also, many stop signs on residential streets could be safely replaced with yield signs in accordance with traffic engineering standards.

BC Cycling Coalition

BC Cycling Coalition wants the Motor Vehicle Act changed to allow cyclists to yield at stop signs instead of having to come to a full stop.

Indeed. Bikes aren't cars. An update to the MVA (including renaming it to be more inclusive e.g. Road User's Act) would be great progress.

Both feel that police have better things to do than enforce rules of the road for cyclists.

I think what was probably meant here is that limited enforcement resources are best deployed against the group imposing the highest economic and societal costs. Cyclists annoy. Drivers kill.

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