Short article worthy of a read: Stop signs don’t work for bicycling
Some gems that sum up the sentiment
… it is desirable, normal, and natural to keep up momentum when bicycling. Not surrounded by 2,000 pounds of steel, we can see all around us (no blind spots!). We can hear and be acutely aware of traffic, and we can stop on a dime. If we misjudge the situation or make a poor behavior choice, the damage is likely to be to us. No way does this behavior merit a $242 fine.
A bicycle is not a motor vehicle. To expect bicycle riders to behave exactly like motorists is like expecting kayakers to follow the same rules as motor boaters.
Motorists of course tend to not agree but I think though without the experience of riding a bicycle as transportation, they have no right to judge.
However, yielding to traffic and rolling through a stop at a casual speed is completely and utterly different than barreling through a stop at full clip. The fixed gear brakeless morons that sometimes exhibit this behavior do us all a disservice and by no means represent the whole by any stretch. Most of us actually want to stay alive and know that we have a lot more to lose in a crash than a motorist and thusly proceed extremely cautiously through intersections
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