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Re: Rolling stop for bikes advances without key support

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About Fucking Time Too

Nov 5, 2022, 8:45:03 AM11/5/22
In article <tk4ks3$28ib5$> wrote:
> All you biking assholes who put cars on road diets thought you'd get away with it.
> Fuck you. Laws apply to everyone including you bastards.

Supervisor Malia Cohen voted Monday against legislation that
would allow bicycles to roll through stop signs in The City,
likely dooming the proposal.

Supervisor John Avalos, who proposed the law, had suggested
Cohen was an instrumental vote to ensure Mayor Ed Lee could not
succeed in vetoing the bill. The mayor has already said he
would, and it takes eight of the Board’s 11 votes to override a

Supervisor Scott Wiener and Avalos voted to support the
legislation at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors Land
Use and Economic Development Committee, which is chaired by
Cohen. The full board is scheduled to vote on the item Dec. 15.

“I have real concerns about this ordinance,” Cohen said before
taking her vote. “I am concerned that will it confuse the issue
and create even greater misunderstanding between cyclists,
drivers and pedestrians.”

She added that the law would “come at a high cost to
pedestrians, disabled and seniors, so I will not be supporting
this ordinance today.”

Avalos’ proposal is a nod to a similar law in the state of
Idaho, which allows bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield
sign, if there are no cars or bikes in the vicinity.

Cohen’s criticism of the proposal echoed the position recently
taken by the Mayor’s Disability Council.

Supporters of the legislation say police should focus resources
on more dangerous behavior than bicyclists who roll through
stops signs. Rolling through stop signs would also improve
traffic flow and encourage more bicycling, supporters say.

Under the proposal, bicyclists would have to slow to a safe
speed of under six miles per hour and yield the right-­of­-way
to any other vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition strongly supports the
measure, while Police Chief Greg Suhr opposes it.

Board President London Breed is one of the six supervisors who
supports the proposal. “I think he’s wrong,” Breed said in
reference to the mayor’s plan to veto the bill. “This is
something that we need to do.”

The proposal was introduced when bicyclists were targeted over
the summer by Park Station Capt. John Sanford, who increased
ticketing cyclists rolling through stop signs along the

Cohen said she “would be interested” in a pilot program “in one
of the most highly trafficked bike corridors.”

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