VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The next time you find yourself at an intersection, watch how many roll stops there are.
In some countries, cyclists are allowed by law to treat stop-sings as revenue signs, and it turns out that the idea is gaining importance.
It was introduced in 1982 and is called Idaho Station after the state first adopted it. The following year, bicycle accidents dropped by 14 percent.
"At a stop sign, a cyclist does not have to come to a complete stop and still has to give in. If nobody else is at the intersection, they do not have to come to a complete standstill, "explains Richard Campbell, Managing Director of B.C. Cycling Coalition.
Ongoing work has shown that cycling in Idaho cities is "much safer" than in other cities, says Campbell. He adds, "It's hard to say how much of that is related to Stop Idaho.
With more bikes and e-bikes on the road every day, it's something that Campbell B.C. Government, to look closely.
"It's something that comes out, and it's certainly not what's going beyond what government demands," Campbell says, adding that there are a number of other initiatives that are more important.
Montreal has a modified version that allows cyclists to bend at stops but not at red lights. In the meantime, Calgary wants to take over the station Idaho.
Due to concerns about the Idaho stop, Campbell believes there are some misunderstandings.
"There is still the demand to give in," he says NEWS 1130.[Drivers] Maybe people will go through a crossroads without giving in, which is neither safe nor legal – nor would it be legal under the Idaho stop – that would just be the usual practice. It really would not have affected anyone negatively. "
He admits that Idaho stops could even help motorists pass faster through a stop-mark junction.
"It really is a win-win situation, and the evidence from Idaho actually makes cycling a bit safer. There is no evidence that it is more dangerous. I'm not sure if people really know what matters, why they are not happy with it. "
A study from Chicago showed that 96 percent of cyclists have not come to a complete halt anyway.
While the topic was raised, Campbell says some of the larger priorities for the B.C. The Cycling Coalition is driving forward investment in sheltered cycle paths and paths.
Meanwhile, the province is developing an active transportation strategy and wants to hear what you think.
-With files by John Ackermann