Since you asked: ‘Idaho stop’ legal for cyclists since 2019 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Could you clarify Oregon’s law on whether cyclists must stop at stop signs and/or traffic lights?

—Robin D., via email

Thanks to Phoenix Police Chief Derek Bowker who helped out this week with Since You Asked.

While cyclists were required to stop at stop signs, the Oregon Legislature approved Senate Bill 998 in August 2019, updating language relating to cyclists in the revised statutes of the Oregon. Oregon 811.260 and 811.265.

What the bill did, Bowker explained, made legal what was commonly referred to as the “Idaho shutdown” in Oregon. First adopted by the state of Idaho in 1982, the maneuver allows cyclists to slow down and yield, rather than coming to a complete stop at intersections controlled by a stop sign or flashing red light.

Cyclists are required to slow to a reasonable speed, yield to anyone already in the intersection, and not approach others at the intersection so close that it would create a hazard. Cyclists must also come to a complete stop at a fixed red traffic light, must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, and do everything possible to avoid an accident and follow the instructions of a police officer or flagman. road.

A study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley found that allowing “Idaho stops” for cyclists reduced bicycle accidents by 14%. The change for Oregon cyclists went into effect January 1, 2020.

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