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Proposed Rolling Stops for Cyclists - Vancouver Bicycle Accidents

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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    I'm  a personal injury lawyer. I've represented cyclists who've been injured on Vancouver's roadways. And  I have serious concerns about the recently proposed "rolling stop" plan.

  In essence, this proposed change to the law would permit cyclists to "roll" through stop signs. As opposed to  having to complete a full stop prior to proceeding.

  Some have characterized this proposed change to the law as a step forward for cyclist's rights in Vancouver. Others see this proposal as a move towards anarchy on Vancouver's streets.

  Me, I see the whole issue through the lens of cyclist safety. And to make a long story short, I think this proposed change to the law is a bad idea.

 Why ? Simply put, I foresee a lot more cyclists being struck by cars and suffering serious injuries should this proposed change to the law actually take place.

 Would cyclists be able to get from "A" to "B" more quickly if they only had to make "rolling stops" at stop signs ? Probably.

But, speaking from my vantage point, many serious car accidents come about as a result of motorists "rolling" through a stop sign and  leaving an oncoming vehicle limited opportunity to stop in time to avoid a collision.  One underlying cause of these types of accidents is inadeqate opportunity for the oncoming motorist to identify a dangerous situation and react.

So, what's going to happen when a bicycle rolls through a stop sign into oncoming traffic ?

To my mind this proposal is one that would have a very negative impact on bicycle safety. End of story.


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