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Presentations from Velo-city Global 2012

July 6, 2012
A slide from the Rolling Stops presentation: some of the many ways to minimize the impact of stop signs on bicyclists, for whom they were never intended.

A slide from the Rolling Stops presentation: some of the many ways to minimize the impact of stop signs on bicyclists, for whom they were never intended.

Dear all,

Thanks to many requests for these presentations I’m posting them online. This will also help assure their availability long-term; I do not know when presentations will be posted on the Velo-city Global website (and the stated plan is to remove them after one year). There were also many problems with the presentations from 2011 not being online.

PRESENTATION ONE: IDAHO LAW. meggs-jason-velo-city-2012-idaho-stops-law-srv2

PRESENTATION TWO: BICY PROJECT. bicy-velo-city-2012-meggs-schweizer-srv2

Please let me know if you have any problems or need any further information. There have been several problems (unusual!) with the PDF version of the Idaho Law presentation posted earlier. This one is slightly updated as well.

I hope to publish an extensive article about the entire experience soon, time permitting. There was much to see and do at Velo-city Global 2012! Many wonderful people and their projects came together to share.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2012 1:42 pm

    Interesting. But perhaps stop signs need to be reduced for automobiles as well. The energy cost of slowing to a stop and starting is huge – in many cases far more than speeding. There are many intersections where stop signs are necessary for safety, but in many other cases they are simply installed to allow orderly traffic flow or to appease the desires of residents to slow traffic — not bad goals, but not worth burning oil for.

    • July 23, 2012 3:04 pm

      Absolutely agree! That first study cited in the presentation goes into detail, summarising over 70 studies. The harm a $75 sign does is tremendous, and yes, it’s usually to appease residents who may not have considered all the issues. They are “unwarranted” stop signs, not considered necessary for safety but more comfortable for residents as a form of traffic calming to help with crossing streets and discourage through-traffic and speeding. Yet they increase speeding, create other health problems, and certainly increase violations. We need to address the problems of motor vehicles in other ways than stop signs, and bicyclists should never have been wrapped into this dismal situation. It was not done with justification and has only added to the harm. Either an exception needs to be made or the stop signs need to go.

  2. August 6, 2012 9:31 am

    The New York Times has its Idaho Law proponent for NY cyclists:

  3. March 29, 2017 6:43 am

    The paper from the original study is linked from the next blog article, unfortunately at the moment WordPress is throwing a bug and not allowing me to update this article to include the link:


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