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  1. Selected quotations from linked article:

    “What you describe (ride leader does a ‘rolling stop’ and the rest of the group proceeds through the intersection en masse) is a common practice at stop signs, and in many situations may even make traffic flow more efficient. Drivers behind a cycling group may be slowed in passing through the intersection if each cyclist stops in turn, particularly if they are in a line. For that reason proceeding as a group is encouraged by the Florida Bicycle Association.”

    “However . . . it is unlawful for any cyclist to proceed through a stop sign or a red light without stopping. . . . The wording of the statute about stop signs is clear. Every driver shall stop.”

    If I understand the article correctly, FBA encourages bicyclists who are riding in a group to treat STOP signs as YIELD signs out of its concern for motorists. This is eye-opening article which generates numerous questions, such as:

    1) How many riders are needed to meet FBA’s definition of ‘group’?

    2) If no motorists are behind the group, does FBA still encourage the group to roll through STOP signs?

    3) Does FBA also encourage groups of bicyclists on shared-use paths to roll through STOP signs on said paths?

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