Cyclist Action Needed – Call or Email the Utah Senate to Support HB58
Editorial/Call to Action
UPDATE: March 2, 2018 – The Senate Transportation Committee passed the Idaho Stop bill (HB58) yesterday by a vote of 4-1. The bill now moves on to the Senate floor. The bill is not yet on the agenda for a vote.
We have updated the contact info at the bottom of this page for the full senate. Cyclists are encouraged to contact their senator at the least, and the full senate if time permits. We have also included a chart of possible voting status for 2018.
Rep. Carol Spackman-Moss, the house sponsor, presented the bill to the Senate Transportation Committee. The committee was generally receptive, but asked some tough questions. Several bike advocates testified both for and against the bill. Ultimately, Senators Mayne, Dabakis, Anderegg, and Buxton voted for the bill, while Sen. Harper voted against it.
February 28, 2018 – The Idaho Stop bill, HB 58 passed the Utah House of Representatives last week on a vote of 58-11, with 6 not present. The bill would let cyclists treat stop signs as yield signs (proceed without stopping only if safe), and some stop lights as stop signs (proceed after stopping only if safe).
I. Considering permitting “Idaho Stops” at four-way stop intersections, which would enable cyclists
to determine whether to stop or yield based on traffic conditions in order to maintain their momentum. The study shows that only about one cyclist in 25 presently complies with the law to come to a complete stop. A pilot program to allow Idaho Stops at certain traffic signal intersections when traffic volumes are relatively low may also be considered.
Locally, please see this informative video editorial by John James Monroe of Pedal Traffic:
The bill has been modified somewhat by amendment. For stop lights, it would only apply to roads with 1 travel lane in each direction. Not 4 lanes, etc. This isn’t great, but it was a compromise that needed to be made to move it forward.
The Idaho Stop bill has been presented several times in the past, including in 2010 and 2012, when it failed in the Senate. In 2013, a bill that allowed cyclists to proceed after 90 seconds at a traffic light passed. The voting history is below with possible vote based on their history.