Emergency Stopping Only
NE2 asked: How does an “emergency stopping only” sign apply to cyclists and pedestrians? Can a shoulder user pause for a quick rest, either on the paved shoulder or adjacent grass? (This sign is used not only on freeways, but also on some surface roads, such as Nova Road in Daytona.)
Roadway signs such as Emergency Stopping Only (R8-7) must be supported by a statute, regulation or ordinance.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Section 1A.02 Principles of Traffic Control Devices
The actions required of road users to obey regulatory devices should be specified by State statute, or in cases not covered by State statute, by local ordinance or resolution. Such statutes, ordinances, and resolutions should be consistent with the “Uniform Vehicle Code” (see Section 1A.11).
This is more information about such signs from the MUTCD.
Figure 2B-25. Parking and Stopping Signs and Plaques (R8 Series)
Where parking is prohibited at all times or at specific times, the basic design for parking signs shall have a red legend and border on a white background (Parking Prohibition signs), except that the …. R8-7 signs …. shall have a black legend and border on a white background, ….
Where only limited-time parking or parking in a particular manner are permitted, the signs shall have a green legend and border on a white background (Permissive Parking signs).
Section 2B.49 Emergency Restriction Signs (R8-4, R8-7, R8-8)
01 The EMERGENCY PARKING ONLY (R8-4) sign (see Figure 2B-25) or the EMERGENCY STOPPING ONLY (R8-7) sign (see Figure 2B-25) may be used to discourage or prohibit shoulder parking, particularly where scenic or other attractions create a tendency for road users to stop temporarily.
To determine the nature and purpose of the sign, it is suggested that you ask the local authorities for the regulation that supports it and the intent regarding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.