Idaho Rolling Stop Law

Question

Has there been any consideration to having Florida adopt rolling stop laws comparable to those in effect in Idaho since 1982? See here:

http://www.oregoncycling.org/2008/12/history-of-idahos-stop-sign-law/

Works well there.  Could it work in Florida?

Answer

The link you provided gives a very good description of the topic and the efficiencies of cycling. There is also a good video of the same at:

http://vimeo.com/4140910

The Idaho statute recognizes and legitimizes some common cycling practices which are not legal in Florida. The applicable portion of the statute is:

Idaho Statutes
Title 49 – Motor Vehicles
CHAPTER 7 – PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES
49-720. STOPPING — TURN AND STOP SIGNALS.

(1) A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways, except that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.

(2) A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a steady red traffic control light shall stop before entering the intersection and shall yield to all other traffic. Once the person has yielded, he may proceed through the steady red light with caution. Provided however, that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a right-hand turn. A left-hand turn onto a one-way highway may be made on a red light after stopping and yielding to other traffic.

The Florida Bicycle Association is presently considering a number of possible legislative initiatives. The rolling stop law is not on the list at this time. I will pass your question on to the Board of Directors. If anyone wants to contact the board, you may do so at the FBA website.

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