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S.F committee OKs 'roll-through' for cyclists at stop signs

Original post made on Dec 8, 2015

An ordinance that would allow bicyclists to roll through stop signs while traveling at a maximum speed of 6 mph in San Francisco has been approved by the Land Use and Transportation Committee and will now go to the full board for approval where it will need eight votes to override the mayor's expected veto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:37 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by WhyNotCarsToo?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

That just doesn't make sense, and if it's good for cyclists then why not cars?

Posted by enough
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

If this really get fully approved, which I hope it won't, who is getting sued if the bicylist gets hit by a legally right-of-way motorist? Lets get real! Next, pedestrians can cross the street if deemed clear? Lets ban cars from city streets then. Enough is enough!

Posted by chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

All stop signs should be replaced with yield signs. When there is traffic at or approaching an intersection, a yield sign is equivalent to a stop sign. Otherwise, neither cars nor bikes should have to brake to a complete stop. Braking to a complete stop wastes brake pads, time and fuel and does not increase safety.

Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Dec 8, 2015 at 10:54 am

I did not know the City of San Francisco was able to override the State of California Vehicle Code which clearly states bicycles are required to stop at posted signs.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2015 at 11:26 am


Have you ever driven in a country that had "yield" signs at every intersection, meaning no signs? Developing countries have plenty of them. It isn't fun or safe. Stop signs were invented for a reason.

Posted by So What's New
a resident of Avignon
on Dec 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

How often has anyone observed a cyclist coming to a stop at an intersection except when their own life is at risk?

How often has anyone observed an officer ticket such an offense?

After several fatalities in SF, they finally decided to prosecute a bicyclist that hit and killed a pedestrian.

I suspect that this law has nothing to do with allowing bicyclists to glide through stop signs since there is currently no penalty for not stopping.

Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Such a bad law for all of California!

Posted by jim van dyke
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

@Whynotcarstoo: it's obvious you're not an everyday bike rider, because you would know the answer to your question if you were.

@ So What's New: I don't generalize when I refer to auto drivers who cut me off, run stop signs, excessively speed, so why should you? Your obviously-false comment makes me feel that my pervasive efforts to obey stop signs while cycling are of limited value, but I'll keep following my own moral compass rather than be influenced by your falsehood. Thinking requires moving beyond stereotypes, so why not stretch a little? Accuracy matters.

There are dangerous cyclists and dangerous motorists. There are also safe drivers and safe cyclists. I have yet to encounter a car or bike that dictates safe or unsafe behavior on the part of the individual, but if you know of one please post a link to it!

Answers from people courageous enough not to hide behind an alias are preferred.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 8, 2015 at 5:10 pm

It would be a boon to coffin makers, bike repair shops and most important- ambulance chasing lawyers! And yet another reason to stay out of S.F.

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