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Monday, September 28, 2015

Mayor Lee Will Use His Veto Power to Make Sure Bicyclists Stop at Stop Signs

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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Controversy over the “Idaho stop” law — which would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and ride through without coming to a complete halt — continues to fester.

As the Chronicle reports, Mayor Lee has vowed to veto any such law, saying, “I’m not willing to trade away safety for convenience, and any new law that reaches my desk has to enhance public safety, not create potential conflicts that can harm our residents.”

The Idaho stop ordinance, introduced last week by Supervisor John Avalos, is partly in response to Park Station Captain John Sanford, who began cracking down on scofflaw bicyclists in July. After a citywide outcry, including a well-publicized protest on the Wiggle during which bicyclists snarled traffic by stopping at every intersection, Sanford announced that his station was ending its official crackdown.

(Last week, video captured Sanford cruising through a stop sign himself, indicating that whether or not the crackdown is over, it was certainly hypocritical.)

Supervisor Avalos’ ordinance is co-sponsored by Supervisors London Breed, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Scott Wiener, and David Campos. This is two votes shy of the eight needed to override the mayor’s veto, as the Chronicle notes.

Mayor Lee has rarely vetoed legislation during his time in office. If he nixes the Idaho stop ordinance, he’s likely to invoke Vision Zero, the city’s commitment to eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by 2024.

 

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