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by Mark Zalewski
February 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel doubles up at Dubai Tour; Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour; BMC wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana TTT; Démare wins Etoile de Bessèges opener; Vos, van der Poel follow-up Worlds disappointments with wins; Contract secured: Nathan Earle in career-best form and ready to get back on the winners’ list; 30 feet above a very different finish line: Masters racer recounts life-saving recovery after harrowing crash on bridge; Renowned cycling photographer Graham Watson retires; Advocacy group calls 10 day sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist ‘unacceptable’; Colorado legislature considering adopting ‘Idaho Stop’ law; Video: Highlights from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races; Backstage Pass: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
A bill in the Colorado legislature introduced last month would permit a person riding a bicycle to pass through intersections without stopping if the rider “slows to a reasonable speed, yields to vehicles and pedestrians, and can safely proceed or make a turn.” This is commonly referred to as an ‘Idaho Stop’ in reference to the original law passed in the state of Idaho and has been proposed in other communities over the years but never with widespread adoption.
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“For most people who drive and don’t ride a bike, absolutely nothing changes,” State Senator Andy Kerr, who drafted the law and is a bicyclist himself, told the Denver Post. “Cyclists can hear and see much better than somebody in a car. And studies done on this show that it’s actually safer overall for both cars and bikes to not sit there at intersections.”
The ‘Idaho Stop’ was shown to reduce cycling-related injuries by 14.5 percent the year after it was implemented, with no change in fatalities, according to a 2010 study. The Denver Post editorial board recently wrote in support of the measure.
Of course there are opponents to the bill who would like to see the opposite happen, including stricter enforcement and penalties for cyclists not obeying traffic laws. One of the opponents, State Senator John Cooke, who is a former sheriff, said he wants to go even further.
“If you’ve driven any amount of time here in Denver, you know how dangerous it is when you do that — and [bicyclists[ do that quite a bit. Bare minimum, I’d like to see some kind of immunity for vehicles that might hit the cyclists for doing something like this.”
Click through to read more at the Denver Post.