Local cyclist Amy Farah Weiss explains what went down on Haight the other day:
At the 25 second mark, this video shows two cyclists on Haight Street demonstrating the “Idaho roll” (aka yielding at a stop sign rather than fully stopping) … the catch is that these are SF police officers on bikes. I am fully supportive of the “spirit of the law” approach to bike-riding, and wish that tickets were only given when a cyclist shows disregard for the safety/flow of others.
I'm personally interested in this issue since I received a $388 ticket for failing to come to a full and complete stop at an EMPTY intersection on the Wiggle (In my case I applied my brakes and wasn't pedaling, but the officer wasn't moved by my “spirit of the law” defense).
For those of you not in the know, the “Idaho Stop Law” is a nice piece of Reagan-era cycling legislation from the lefty moonbat progressive red state of Idaho permitting cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, making what the two officers did in this video completely legal. And the law works. For 30 years, the law has reduced case load in Idaho traffic courts while increasing cycling rates without increasing accident rates. So it's no wonder people are calling for the adoption of the law in SF, especially given all the unnecessary SFPD cycling crackdowns we've seen lately.
Anyway, it's good to know the rank and file of SFPD agrees with San Francisco's cycling citizenry on this issue. Now, can you stop busting our balls?
UPDATE: In related news: