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by Mark Zalewski
December 14, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.
A study by DePaul University in Chicago is recommending cities revise their traffic laws to allow cyclists to use the ‘Idaho Stop,’ named for the 1982 law in that state. The practice permits cyclists at low volume intersections to treat stop signs as yields and red traffic signals as stop signs.
“It legalizes something that people see as common sense,” said Ken McLeod, state and policy manager for the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit advocacy group. “Legalizing the stop reflects that bicyclists already have a sense of self-preservation and will be safe when they approach intersections.”
The study acknowledges that the majority of cyclists already operate this way. “Only about one cyclist in 25 presently complies with the law to come to a complete stop,” the study wrote. A conclusion of this is that cyclists do this out of safety, citing a 2007 study in London that concluded “women were more vulnerable to truck collisions due to their tendency to be less likely to disobey red traffic signals than men. By going through a red traffic signal before it turns green, men are less likely to be caught in a truck driver’s blind spot.”
This conclusion was reinforced in Chicago this year as three of the six cyclist deaths were women killed by trucks turning at intersections, including the country’s first bike share death.
A cautionary sentiment was offered by Chicago’s ‘Bicycling Ambassadors’ program manager Charlie Short who suggested that one cyclist’s safe Idaho Stop may be another’s dangerous behaviour.
Click through to read more at the Chicago Tribune.