New law allows Washington bicyclists to yield, roll through stop signs

New regulation permits Washington bicyclists to yield, roll by way of cease indicators

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A brand new regulation going into impact Thursday will permit bicyclists in Washington to deal with cease indicators as yield indicators in an effort to enhance intersection security.

The brand new “Security Cease” regulation will permit bicyclists to maintain their momentum and roll by way of intersections if the coast is obvious. It is not going to apply at site visitors lights, the place bicyclists are nonetheless required to cease.

The regulation is important as individuals on bikes face probably the most hazard at intersections, the place they’re susceptible to being struck by inattentive drivers.  Beforehand, bicyclists have been required to cease in any respect sign-controlled intersections identical to vehicular site visitors.

The regulation was authorised by Senate lawmakers in February and was lobbied for by Washington Bikes, a motorcycle advocacy group affiliated with Cascade Bicycle Membership.

“The invoice’s swift passage underscores the bipartisan assist for biking, and Washington Bikes’ capability to move sensible, protected and sensible laws,” stated Vicky Clarke, coverage director for Washington Bikes.

The regulation applies to each common bikes and electrical bikes.

Washington is the fifth state within the nation to enact such laws that may permit cyclists to yield at cease indicators. Related legal guidelines exists in Idaho, Oregon, Arkansas and Delaware. Idaho, which enacted comparable legal guidelines in 1982, has seen a 14% lower in bicycling accidents.

“There’s a purpose this regulation acquired enormous assist from each side of the aisle in Olympia–it is smart and it makes the roads safer,” says Alex Alston, Washington Bikes’ state coverage director.

Cyclists in Seattle have additionally been advocating for designated bike lanes on the Fremont Bridge, which recorded 1.2 million bike journeys in 2019, to assist with social distancing efforts throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.