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Fort Collins puts brakes on bike yield law

9:58 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS - Fort Collins won't adopt a stop-as-yield ordinance, the Bicycle Advisory Committee decided Monday night.

The BAC unanimously voted to not recommend to the Fort Collins Transportation Board that Fort Collins enact an ordinance allowing bicyclists to legally ride through stop signs.

Jurisdictional conflicts, concerns with safety, public confusion, lack of research and a worry for more animosity among motorists and cyclists all factored into the BAC's decision at its monthly meeting at the community room of the Fort Collins City Offices, 215 N. Mason St.

"We're not for spending the time and energy toward this particular item we're seeing as a convenience issue for cycling, rather than a safety issue," said BAC board member Todd Dangerfield, representing the Downtown Development Authority. "This could potentially create ill-will (in the community) and we're already seeing backlash in the public right now against it."

The discussion of stop-as-yield started in August as Tessa Greegor, Fort Collins Bikes Program manager, presented her recommendation that Fort Collins adopt the stop-as-yield concept. BAC members formed a task force and conducted research to study the parameters of a potential pilot program.

Stop-as-yield, modeled after the Idaho Stop Law, passed at the state level in Idaho in 1982, allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign. Under an ordinance, cyclists still have to obey right-of-way laws and stop when required for safety.

Rolling stops are allowed under stop-as-yield. Currently in Fort Collins, a cyclist could receive a ticket or citation for rolling through a stop sign, although those tickets are rare, according to BAC board member's research after talking with the city of Fort Collins Police Department.

Fort Collins Police said it held no public position on stop-as-yield but did have concerns about jurisdictional inconsistencies in Fort Collins and Larimer County, with its numerous state highways and Colorado State University's campus.

Aspen, Breckenridge and Dillon are the only Colorado towns with stop-as-yield ordinances.

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