Lawmakers debate proposal to let bicyclists run stop signs

DENVER -- Lawmakers at the Colorado state Capitol are discussing a proposal that would essentially allow bicyclists to ride through stop signs.

The bill has passed the state Senate and it's now in the House for consideration.

The safety stop -- also known as the Idaho stop -- would allow cyclists to treat a stop sign like a yield sign, where they would have to slow to a reasonable speed.

If it's clear to pass through without stopping, they can. Bicyclists would have to come to a stop at red lights, then can pass through if it's clear.

The bill's sponsors said it would make the streets safer because intersections are hazardous for bicyclists.

But not everyone is on the same page for the measure.

"You can yell and scream all you want, 'Everybody this is my road and I have a right,' but if we accidentally run into you, you are toast," a resident said Wednesday about the proposed law.

"It's safer and more convenient, just better for cyclists as a whole," a bike rider said. "I feel it's a lot safer just to keep on moving, not stop and wait. You don't cause any confusion with any other cars."

Cities and counties would be able to decide if they want to enact the ordinance.