Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop Law

Like in Oregon, the Minnesota State Legislature is considering new legislation similar to a law in Idaho that allows bicyclists to treat stop signs as yeild signs.  There is much emotion and misunderstanding about this law as it's discussed and debated by various city Public Works departments and other citizens across Minnesota. 

Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo is an informative animation that clearly explains what the rights and responsibilities of a bicyclist would be in Oregon under their proposed legislation.  According to Bike Portland, Spencer says he hopes the video makes its way to legislators in Salem who are still pondering the Idaho Stop Law.

It might be a good idea to get this video in front of some Minnesota legislators in Saint Paul as well. . .

 

Comments

This is great! You say the

This is great!

You say the Minnesota State Legislature is considering adopting something similar... do you have any more information on this?

Any ideas as to who can we can get this in front of?

Thanks Matty!

Hey Colin, I sure do have

Hey Colin,

I sure do have more information on this.  Representative Phyllis Kahn has introduced a bill (for the second consecutive year now, I believe) on this topic.  Here's the bill summary page: 

https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php?b=House&f=HF1401&ssn=0&y=2009

And here is the introduction text: 

https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H1401.0.html&session=ls86

It doesn't appear that a companion bill has been introduced in the Senate yet. I would suggest contacting your own State Rep. and State Senator as a good place to start.  

One thing to note is that the proposed legislation in Oregon does not include changing anything for traffic signals, while the Idaho Law and the proposed Kahn legislation would.  

Thanks for reading!