Nothing on two wheels in San Francisco is fast enough to escape controversy.
Odd as it sounds, city government ended up divided on ideological grounds Tuesday over the question of whether or not bikes should have to heed stop signs.
Supervisor John Avalos’ bill granting cyclists leeway to ignore stop signs under some circumstances garnered just enough votes to pass but not yet enough to overcome a promised mayoral veto
. In the midst of the debate, the 11 supervisors managed to field roughly 13 or 14 distinct arguments on the topic.
The proposal would allow cyclists to roll through stops, provided the cyclists are traveling less than 6 miles an hour, there are no pedestrians within 6 feet, and they at least slow down a bit. City Hall has taken to calling this an “Idaho Stop,” which is ironic given that the same maneuver in a car is known as a California Stop.
Surely it undermines the entire concept of a stop sign if not everybody has to stop, right?