Thursday, April 09 2009 @ 01:44 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
Well, according to field research conducted by the city of Portland, there are indeed a lot of scofflaws blowing through stop signs around town.
We\'re talking about commuters who apparently have a total disregard for safety and the law, coming to a full stop at intersections only 22 percent of the time.
See! It\'s those dang bicyclists with their neon-colored jackets, self-righteous attitudes and ripped calves, right? Right!? Actually, no. Those were automobile drivers.
\"The law says a complete cessation of motion is required,\" said Greg Raisman, traffic safety specialist for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. \"I think a lot of the time, people think they stop. But they were watching the wheels.\"
\"They\" were the Bureau of Transportation\'s data-collection team, which camped out at various stop-signed intersections in 2006 and 2007. The monitors recorded a \"full stop\" whenever the wheels on a car, bike, minivan, truck or any other vehicle came to a complete halt, even for just a second.
Although automobile drivers weren\'t as dismissive of stop signs as cyclists, who stopped just 7 percent of the time, you\'d think the study might erase some of the nasty stereotypes that they have of bike riders.
Don\'t count on it, said Randy Blazak, a Portland State University sociologist.