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Old 10-12-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Most cyclist go full speed through stop signs. As far as losing momentum, that's why they put motors on bikes, much better !
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Berwyn, IL
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I think it takes balls and stupidity to go full speed through a stop sign/stop light. Culling of the herd occurs naturally, in any case. I just feel bad for the driver who makes hamburger meat of the crazy cyclist they just pummeled.

I ALWAYS *yield* to any motorized vehicle at stop signs, and STOP COMPLETELY at lights. You wouldn't run through flowing traffic in a car, so why would you do it on a bike? That's what completely baffles me.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I stop completely at red lights too. However they have these darn demand actuated lights that will never turn green for a bicycle because there is not enough mass of metal to trigger the sensors in the pavement. I cautiously proceeded through one in Gurnee after waiting a reasonable amount of time and a cop pulled me over and lectured me said I should wait for a car to come along and trigger it. If you can't make a stoplight that functions correctly don't expect me to obey it.

As for stop signs I treat them as yields. My commute to work in Chicago consisted of 41 stop signs and 23 stop lights (I counted) over 15 miles.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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I love to bike, but the Chicago Suburbs have to be some of the least bike friendly places I have ever seen in my life.

If you stay on bike paths, the forest preserve and the side walk its fine, but bikes on the street? Forget it.

I still ride my bike on the sidewalk when I visit my mom in Wheaton. It like a totally different world compared to where I live, where it is extremely bike friendly. I want to say they need more bike lanes, but I'm just not sure if it could work out there.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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If you can't make a stoplight that functions correctly don't expect me to obey it.

Why not ? We have a government that doesn't function properly, but we still have to obey it !
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Why not ? We have a government that doesn't function properly, but we still have to obey it !
Well they are working on a law that will allow cyclists and motorcyclists to do what I and most cyclists already do and that is cautiously proceed through sensored lights. However if anyone ever got a ticket for it it would probably be tossed out on the grounds of entrapment. You cannot pass a law that is impossible to follow.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Been watching some very idiotic car drivers lately, using entrance ramps to pass on the right, tail-gating, weaving through traffic to only arrive at the same destination 2 cars lengths farther ahead, no turn signals, etc. Same people must be cycling, bringing the same bad habits!
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have yet to see a motorist come to a complete stop at a stop sign. .

You are a liar.

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It takes a fair amount of energy to stop at a stop sign. You bleed all your momentum away, have to unclip your feet so you don't fall over, often have to shift gears to be able to start up gain.

So what? Wear regular shoes then. Coming to a full stop gives you more exercise. That said, to come to an "almost" dead stop is a reasonable way to do it.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:22 AM
 
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I have seen a biker come to a complete stop at a stop sign once. Most of the time bikers don't even slow down and then give you a dirty look because you dare to stop and then cross when it is your turn. I fully support bikers but they really need to follow the rules of the road. I have almost been hit (while walking) by bikers several times because they weren't looking where they were going.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:28 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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I have seen a biker come to a complete stop at a stop sign once. Most of the time bikers don't even slow down and then give you a dirty look because you dare to stop and then cross when it is your turn. I fully support bikers but they really need to follow the rules of the road. I have almost been hit (while walking) by bikers several times because they weren't looking where they were going.
Bikers drive motorcycles. Those of us riding a bicycle are cyclists.
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