Courtesy of Bicycle Colorado
On October 19, Manitou Springs became the latest Colorado community to adopt the Safety Stop! Bicyclists in Manitou can now treat stop signs as yield signs and stop lights as stop signs when the coast is clear. John Graham, the Mayor of Manitou Springs said in a statement, “Creating an environment where our roads are more comfortable for everyone—at no cost to the taxpayers—is a great achievement for the City of Manitou Springs, and we hope to see other municipalities follow suit in the future.”
Congratulations to the residents of Manitou Springs!
We’re excited to see more communities in Colorado passing this common-sense ordinance. We’re gearing up for the 2022 legislative session, where we’re fighting to pass a law that would standardize the Safety Stop across the state.
The Safety Stop
Several Colorado communities allow bicyclists to perform the Safety Stop, a safer way for people on bikes to cross at intersections when they have the right of way. The maneuver allows people riding bicycles to:
- treat stop signs as yield signs.
- treat red lights as stop signs.
The Safety Stop does not impact the current right-of-way. People on bicycles can proceed straight, right, or left at a reasonable speed of no more than 15 miles per hour only when the coast is clear. Click here to watch our explainer video and announcement of Englewood’s adoption of the Safety Stop.
As of October 25, 2021, the following Colorado communities allow bicyclists to perform the maneuver:
- Aspen (stop-as-yield only)
- Dillon (stop-as-yield only)
- Manitou Springs
- Steamboat Springs
- Summit County
To learn more about the Safety Stop’s benefits for bicyclists, as well as Bicycle Colorado’s efforts to make this legal statewide, please click here.