Colorado Legislature Wants to Make it Easier to Legalize the 'Idaho Stop'

They call it a "Safety Stop" in Colorado, but it's the same idea.
April 22, 2018, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Colorado cities and towns may soon have an easier time legalizing what many cyclists already do to stay safe: Treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs," reports David Sachs.

"In a 54 to 10 vote, the Colorado House passed the 'safety stop' bill, which now heads to the Senate with a decent chance of becoming law," adds Sachs.

What Colorado is calling the "Safety Stop," many places call the "Idaho Stop." The Idaho Stop has support from some researchers, and its provoked controversy wherever it has debated previously—perhaps especially in San Francisco.

There are local government in Colorado that have already legalized the Safety Stop, according to Sachs, like Summit County, Dillon, Breckenridge, and Aspen. The new law would make it easier for local governments to adopt similar laws by standardizing language to the Safety Stop effect. "In Denver, the state bill would give the City Council a ready-made, standardized ordinance to adopt," explains Sachs by way of example.

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Published on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Streetsblog Denver
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