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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 new study by DePaul University in Chicago is recommending the Illinois cities consider adopting the ‘Idaho Stop’ into their traffic laws for cyclists. The practice, names for a 1982 law in that state, permits cyclists at low volume intersections to treat stop signs as a yield and red lights as a stop sign, allowing them to keep momentum which results in an increase in safety.
“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.”
One outcome of the study is that the change would then allow police to focus on more flagrant traffic violations. “It’s tough to step up enforcement without aligning the rules with reality,” said study co-author Joseph Schwieterman.
An interesting part of the study found in the literature review was a 2007 study in London which found that female cyclists were much more likely to be killed by trucks than men because they are more likely to obey red traffic lights, while men would roll through the traffic signal and not be caught in the truck’s blind spots. This was reinforced in Chicago this year as three of the six cyclist deaths were women killed by trucks making turns, including the first bike share death in the country.
An interesting counterpoint to the practice comes from Chicago’s ‘Bicycling Ambassador’ program manager Charlie Short, who says the definition of an Idaho Stop is important — that choices cyclist think make them safer can lead to other dangers.
Click through to read more at the Chicago Tribune.