Boulder Sheriffs are cracking down on stop sign runners

Boulder Sheriff's department has been handing out $100 tickets in Hygiene for any cyclists not stopping at the stop sign. It also appears that the cops are taking the letter of the law approach and expecting cyclists to completely stop and put down 1 foot. Here is an eye witness statement

Hey Kris,
I got a ticket yesterday for not stopping at the stop sign at Hygiene and 75th. Couple questions for ya? Got the impression this same cop has been stopping cyclists for the past week and ticketing. He claimed to be out there to educate, but the only education he offered was a $100+ fine. His attitude was obviously hostile to cyclist as obvious by his comment that he was headed to Antelope trail in Heil to "hand out tickets" next. Not to educate, but hand out tickets!

We asked the TheCyclist-Lawyer.com Megan Hottman about the law and what it means to stop as a cyclists

Cyclists are vehicles and vehicles must stop at stop signs. I've talked to cops from numerous colorado offices and all have differing definitions of 'stopping' in a bike: From rolling 4mph to stopping the bike, to stopping with a foot down. The bottom line is that they need to see a cyclist slow down look both ways and be ready to stop completely if there is another vehicle coming. The position of the league of american cyclists is that cyclists must all stop at stop signs and unclip/touch a foot to the ground.


Officers frequently patrol a particular intersection for motor vehicle law violations and of course it follows they can do the same for repeated cycling violations. Here it sounds like the officer knew that cyclists frequently run this stop sign and he opted to cite those law violations.


This cyclist admitted she ran the sign and the officer saw it and cited her accordingly. Many law enforcement officers feel this is the only thing that gets cyclists' attention

How did it come to this?

Why are the cops cracking down on cyclists? Is this the cause of a few bad apples that completely disregard this stop sign or is this the cause the majority not pausing enough at the stop?

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Let's break it down...

Let's break it down... "Worlds" is a derogatory term for a group ride that turns into a race, whereby riders take all manner of risks to win, as if it were the World Championships. "Wednesday" means it takes place on Wednesdays. There's a group ride out of Boulder every Wednesday that gets waaay out of hand and where riders do all manner of stupid things, as if the ride matters. The more serious riders compare their Strava files from previous weeks to see if they're improving.

Actually...

Some people do take it too seriously, but the caliber of most riders who show up probably don't give a shit about Strava and use the ride for training. Also, before you comment on the ride referred to, you may want to actually do it...FYI...it's in Fort Collins.

It's not just "Freds" running stop signs

From my observation stop sign runners happen by ALL TYPES of cyclists. Worst examples I've seen are

- 5-ish years ago while commuting in I starting chatting with this guy who asked some basic directions. In the conversation I learned he was a highway department patrol and as we entered Boulder on Folsom he completely blew the stop sign on the north side. I was shocked.

- this spring while riding behind 2 top Colorado pros on on Cherryville in Boulder heading North. As we approached the Baseline/Cherryville intersection I slowed down to stop and they carried on without a change in their pace AS THERE WERE CARS IN THE INTERSECTION! They were in full sponsor kit BTW

This is worth viewing - especially for cyclists & pedestrians

This is a "mini-documentary" that shows an alternative approach to mixing motorists, cyclists & pedestrians at a busy intersection. The normal approach to increased traffic, is more rules and regulations (the stop sign becomes a light, etc). This video shows a different way to solve the problem. I encourage everyone to watch it; it shows actual before and after traffic at the same location.

Intuitively, as drivers and cyclists, we seem to understand that the cost to stop is higher than the cost to slow down. Watch the video to see which is safer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzDDMzq7d0&feature=kp

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