Almost 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.
The City of Toronto is not doing enough to make the streets safe for cyclists, says law grad Kristen Courtney
» Smart Cycling Q&A with Dr. Chris Cavacuiti on how to stay safe on the roads (research.utoronto.ca)
» Map of Toronto Cycling Accidents, 2008
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.