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post #1 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bike riding and stop signs

Since I happen to have a lot of stop signs in the area where I live, I was interested in how other motorcyclists tackle them.

Many of the stop sign intersections (4 way stop) are in residential areas that offer great visibility in each direction and in situations like that I tend to slow to a near stop and keep my balance with both feet on the pegs as I am looking both ways for oncoming traffic - and then accelerate away without coming to a complete stop.

If it is a two way stop with limited visibility or high speed crossing traffic, I always come to a complete stop and put a foot or two down before looking around me and getting on my way.

What also interests me is how cops look at motorcyclists that do not come to a full stop (foot/feet down) at such intersections... any experience? I know that they do not like cars not coming to a complete stop, but bikes?

Please share your thoughts on this if you don't mind...

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post #3 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 06:12 PM
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Oh, what is there about STOP that indicates coast through?
I've watched local LEO's nip folks for this kinda thing quite frequently. I tend to a full stop and put the foot or feets down. We have a lot of folks like you who are casual about observing the signs and I don't wanna be a hood ornament.
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post #4 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 06:26 PM
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I know I can come to a brief complete stop of forward motion then accelerate away without putting a foot down.

If ever tagged i would be happy to show it to a prosecutor...

Oh silly me I forgot a LEO can write any ticket he/she wants anytime without any real question. Then the rest of the tax process takes over
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As often as not, rolling stops where it's reasonable, as in the sort of situations you describe. But only where common sense indicates there's no real danger. And if you get tagged for it by a cop, apparently you weren't as aware of what's going on around you as you thought, and maybe it wasn't a good idea to roll through.

For me, in town this generally means full stops, but out in the sticks where I can see any traffic that might be approaching for hundreds of meters, I'm not bothering to stop or put my foot down.
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post #6 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 06:34 PM
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I have been told the law here is 1 foot must be down.. and stopped for 3 seconds minimum. It is not what I always do though.
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I have been told the law here is 1 foot must be down.. and stopped for 3 seconds minimum. It is not what I always do though.
I know some riders (admittedly on trials bikes) that can stop for a lot more than 3 seconds without dabbing!

Near me is a stop sign that is almost totally ignored. Most drivers drive through with stopping or even pausing. I am thinking of writing to the traffic authority and police to ask if it can be replaced with a give way sign seeing as nearly no one obeys the stop sign. That might get the law's attention.

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post #8 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 06:48 PM
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stop signs

I cheat if no traffic, good vis etc; other times I am scrupulous (high traffic, poor vis, risk of Leo) - it varies
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post #9 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 07:03 PM
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STOP means STOP. After you've done that, the meaning changes to Squeal Tires On Pavement! unk:

Honestly, I stop and look left/right/left everywhere I'm not intimately familiar with the local traffic.
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post #10 of 32 Old 06-12-2011, 07:13 PM
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I have to a drive thru an area with a bunch of moronic fussy busybody residents who demand a new stop sign every time a car fails to stop for someone in a crosswalk. As a result, the arterial looks like a red octagon forest. Somebody should tell the residents that the less-generous commuters just cut thru their neighborhoods because there are no traffic controls on the 25mph residential zone where someone might ACTUALLY get hurt by a vehicle.

On the bicycle: If there's no other vehicle present to claim the right-of-way, I coast and maybe throw a slow signal, but I don't touch the brakes.

On the motorcycle, I usually stand on the front brakes until the bike almost does a stoppie, then I take off. If I'm feeling really generous I'll drag my toe on the ground. These are all clutch-in maneuvers, I slow too much to leave it in gear.

In my car, I try to roll it in 2nd gear at <5mph, to avoid having to put it in 1st.

4-way stops are the tool of satan, pointless traffic controls designed only to waste time, hurt the environment, generate noise pollution, and add wear-and-tear to your vehicle.

4.5 years on this commute, not even a sideways glance from a cop.
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