Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good thinking!

In the 70's, the "right on red" wave went through the states as drivers were increasingly frustrated by wasting gas sitting in front of a red light controlling an intersection where there was no cross traffic -- just a stupid light on a timer. Right on red and the even more daring left-on-red (which is permitted in Oregon in some situations) make sense.

What makes even more sense is letting bicyclists treat stop signs as "yield" signs, letting them roll through when appropriate or stop when appropriate. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is going to try and get the laws changed for Oregon to make this sensible improvement that will make biking easier and more desirable while having no real downside.