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VA May Allow the Idaho Stop

Virginia’s bicyclist law may be changing. The Virginia General Assembly is considering a law that would allow cyclists to yield at stop signs instead of coming to a complete stop if the road is clear.

This is in response to demands from bicyclists seeking protections as their numbers rise amid the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation is called the Idaho Stop and five other states already allow it. What is the Idaho Stop? The Idaho stop is a cycling rule that allows cyclists to slow down and proceed through a stop sign as long as the road is clear.

If there are cars or pedestrians nearby, the cyclist should stop. This rule is called the Idaho Stop because Idaho was the first state to allow it in the 1980s.

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