Autumn 2009 / Leading Edge
Idaho Stop

Idaho lingo for slow down and yield

LingoAlmost everywhere in the world, a stop sign means you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt. Not in Idaho. For cyclists there, a stop sign means slow down and yield. Many bicycle activists applaud the idea.

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However, Baher Abdulhai, the Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Transportation Systems at U of T, warns that changing the rules of the road for just one kind of vehicle heightens the risk of accidents. He thinks all vehicles should be required to stop at a stop sign or red light.

At intersections where stop signs are needed only during peak traffic periods, Abdulhai suggests installing solar-powered signs that display stop or yield – or can turn off completely – depending on the time of day.

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