Don’t Run Stop Signs

When I was the president of my local county’s bike club, I spent a lot of time making sure all of our riders obeyed traffic signals and I also spent a lot of time pleading with passing cyclists who blew through the signals, asking them to obey stop signs and stop lights. I’ve heard lots of replies from the cyclists I advocated to, mostly telling me to go screw myself.

This photo, posted by my cycling friend Sue says it better than I ever could. This is what’s left on the scene after a cyclist blew through a stop sign at Rockland Lake, a nearby park.

She added “…they were not wearing a helmet…The smell of all that blood was something I didn’t expect”

Wear your helmet. Stop at stop signs. Obey signals. Or you might end up leaving a puddle behind.



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i think a better rule that not to run stop signs on a bicycle is to not run into cars and dont ride out in front of moving cars.

if an intersection is clear (where the cyclist dosnt ipede a cars travel) it is very likely more safe for the cyclist to get out of the intersection..even if that means not stopping.

if a cyclist tries to entice a car to hit them then they get hit and suffer the painful consequences of that.

meaning darting out in front of moving cars in a way that goes against the communicated convention of street signs, direction arrows and street lanes.

i personally dont like driving a car along side of bicycles…i would think most auto drivers would want bicycles out if the way at intersections.

Well duh. Problem is I can just about guarantee you all those cyclists who get hit running stop signs will no doubt swear up and down they thought the intersection was clear. I bet if you ask a paramedic they’ll tell you one of the first things people who run stop signs (in a car or on a bike) or jaywalk say is “but I thought it was clear”. At the end of the day is it really worth the extra 3-4 seconds saved? More importantly is it really worth the risk to your family who could be financially devastated and have their lives ruined by having to take care of you for the rest of your life because you did something selfish and illegal and suffered a life altering TBI as a result. Remember that when you get hit it impacts more people than just yourself.

ive been sitting at a red light and nearly been killed twice.  yes it is worth it to get out of intersections.  duh.


lets review…..
“i think a better rule that not to run stop signs on a bicycle is to not run into cars and dont ride out in front of moving cars.”

RST - No offense man, but saying you shouldn’t run into a car is a bit ridiculous. It’s like saying “instead of avoiding a bad neighborhood and not showing off your valuables, you should just avoid the front end of a mugger’s knife.”

Nearly being hit obeying the law doesn’t mean you should blow through lights to be safer.

I had a really long reply to this all written, but the bottom line is that this:

If you say that you should blow through stop signs and stop lights because it’s safer, you’re wrong. Period.

doesnt necessarily mean you shouldnt either.


“Wear your helmet. Stop at stop signs. Obey signals. Or you might end up leaving a puddle behind.”

i could have been a puddle sitting at a light.

i’ll use my judgement on whether to sit at an intersection or not when on my bicycle…not the judgement of someone who decides to put red lights or signs at an intersection.

“saying you shouldn’t run into a car is a bit ridiculous. It’s like saying “instead of avoiding a bad neighborhood and not showing off your valuables, you should just avoid the front end of a mugger’s knife.”

avoidance is a good strategy for some things….but i dont see where they are a bit like at all.


- No offense man, but saying you shouldn’t run into a car is a bit ridiculous….....if you think that is ridiculous then your thingki cap is shorted out.

why wasnt the car driver all bloodied up?

i think not sitting at intersections is a good way to not hit or be hit by a car.

Nearly being hit obeying the law doesn’t mean you should blow through lights to be safer.

that is pathetic.  nearly being hit of course doenst mean the should-ness of blowing through lights. 

whay would you say something so stupid??  i know i certainly never said that.

review….
“meaning darting out in front of moving cars in a way that goes against the communicated convention of street signs,...”

“Wear your helmet. Stop at stop signs. Obey signals. Or you might end up leaving a puddle behind.”

is this ridiulous too???

Hey RST,

There comment form isn’t limited. Enter one long comment instead of 4 please.

David Schloss; what an appalling, tactless piece. Presumably someone was seriously injured here. Whether they ran a light or were wearing a helmet is beside the point - for you to glibly use this accident as a platform for your own supercilious cycling safety views is in extremely poor taste.

Supercilious? Using a photo to make your editorial point is better known as photo journalism or, for us,  photo blogging.

I’m the bicyclist who went down in the article.  I agree with everything said about helmets, however, i want to specifically comment on misinformation and twisting of facts.

  Most of the blood in this accident came from my mouth and my cheek.  The side of my right face hit the ground first, and not wearing a helmet would have not lessened any of the initial impact on my face or mouth, and only would have diminished secondary contact on my head.

I have no problem with my story being used to promote bike safety, and i will support bike safety, but please don’t misuse the facts of my accident.

Thanks for chiming in mseiden! I’m glad you’re okay.

I’m not exactly sure your point about the “twisting of facts.” This wasn’t a “wear your helmet” article, it was a “obey stop signs” article.

I wrote “This is what’s left on the scene after a cyclist blew through a stop sign at Rockland Lake, a nearby park.”

and her quote was

She added “…they were not wearing a helmet…The smell of all that blood was something I didn’t expect”

There isn’t anything in the post that says that a helmet would have prevented your blood loss.

My conclusion to wear a helmet, obey stop signs and obey signals is general advice, regardless of what part of your body was hit. That’s my advice to ANYONE and EVERYONE.

Again, glad you’re okay.

Why don’t we turn this to a positive and work together to promote bike safety?  I came very close to death, but i was spared, and I believe I owe it to the world to use my story to promote Bike safety.

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