Delaware Passes Idaho Stop Law for Bicyclists-Will Wisconsin Be Next?

Delaware just became the second state in the U.S. to pass a law that allows people riding bicycles to slow instead of stop. See wording below. 

One study shows that requiring people who ride bikes to stop at intersections increases the chance of collisions.  Also, it will be interesting to see if a law like this takes away a portion of the hatred most people who choose to drive cars show towards people who ride bikes. 

Maybe now that rolling stop signs is legal, less people will get enraged when they witness it whilst sitting behind the wheel of their car (probably distracted by their phone).  On the other hand, it may just increase the jealousy some people experience when stuck in traffic and watching others engage in an activity that saves them money and makes them health.  Time will tell.  Let's hope Wisconsin passes a similar law soon. 

An interesting side note, people who fail to stop at stop signs while riding bicycles in Wisconsin are treated less harshly than those who do the same thing in motor vehicles.  

Another side note, people riding bikes facing a red signal in Wisconsin can proceed through after first waiting at least 45 seconds for the light to change.  See Wis. Stat. 346.37 (1). 

Delaware rolling stop law:

(c) A bicycle operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection with a roadway having 2 or fewer lanes for moving traffic shall reduce speed and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection, except that a person, after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.

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