Idaho Stop Making A Comeback?

Another UPDATE:
BikePortland has updated his post on the subject and it appears the BTA has found out that the bills text is just a placeholder that Sen. Burdick plans to swap out for different language. The future bill may have something more to do with intersections that don’t sense bikes and/or fail to turn green when a bicycle is present. We’ll see what actually pans out…

UPDATE: BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky has posted the following regarding the bill:
“As you may have heard by now, Sen. Burdick has introduced the Idaho Stop Bill as SB604. Before folks get too excited, we are trying to figure out with our lobbyist if this bill is being introduced as a serious bill or if there are other agendas behind the bill. Typically a bill like this gathers supporters before being introduced if it has an intent to pass. We are kindly asking folks to not take action at this point such as calling legislators until we find out more. We need to do a full reading of bill and analyze it. It has some steep fines in it for example. Our legislative committee will need to address this as well. We’ll do our best to keep all informed along the way. Thanks.”

Yesterday afternoon Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) received an email from Lee Shoemaker, the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, asking for feedback on a bill he had just received.  SB 604 (posted below) permits a “person operating bicycle to enter intersection with specified traffic control device without stopping, provided that person operating bicycle slows to safe speed and yields right of way to traffic or pedestrians.” We know the bill has come from Senator Burdick but we have more research to do.

The surprise return of the “Idaho Stop Bill” comes on the heels of last years bill that died an ugly death after the City of Eugene originally voiced opposition to it but quickly turned around to a neutral position after a call to action and some great advocacy effort from GEARs.

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Eugene Police Plan “Focused Enforcement Operation” Downtown, WBE provides a legal cycling tutorial

Location of the "Focused Enforcement Operation."

The Eugene Police Department (EPD) is planning a traffic “Focused Enforcement Operation” in downtown Eugene on  March 30th and 31st.  The location of the extra enforcement will be from 6th Ave. in the north to 18th Ave. in the south, and Lincoln St. in the west to Kincaid St. in the east. Click on the image to the right for a larger map of the area.

According to EPD  sources the goal of the operation will be to uniformly enforce the law for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers.  The reason I am giving this warning is to make sure that no one is given a citation due to lack of information and knowledge. Read on for details on what the police will be watching for, and how to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law.

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