While bicyclists are required to follow the same rules as motorists, they often don’t and this actually may be a good thing. Many times, cyclists do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign or they do not stop for a red light when there is no cross traffic.
A new study by DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development proposes that this is actually good and that Illinois should change its laws regarding bicyclists and stop signs to allow for this. Allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and some red lights as stop signs can help better manage bike traffic. Letting bicyclists get out in front of traffic so they can be seen can help them be safer and prevent a bike from being hit by a car, as many bikes are caught in blind spots especially when vehicles are making a right turn. Read more about the study in this recent Chicago Tribune story.
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