Originally Posted by 2door
I'm with Baird on everything he said. I posted a thread some years ago about giving bikers a break and being aware of them whenever I'm in close proximity to them. We also share a lot of experiences so, Baird, I'm with you.
Biknut, I'm not sure what to say to your assumption that, "Stop signs are just suggestions". You and I are usually in agreement on things but this one I'll have to take exception to. If everyone adopted that philosophy we'd be in deep trouble no matter what we were driving or riding. The younger generations are all convinced that the world is all about them anyway and to offer them the option of obeying traffic signs or ignoring them is just asking for driving conditions to get worse than they already are. Stop signs are there for a reason and it isn't just to inconvenience anyone.
Well, of course you do have to apply common sense. I'm not advocating riding like a jerk. If there's traffic at the stop I'm going to wait my turn. I'm not about to barge out in front of a 4000 lb bone crusher. But if I'm just cruising, and can see a long way before I get to the stop that nothing is coming, that's what I'm talking about.
One day I was riding though Highland Park, one of the most upscale parts of town, and they have their own police force. Most people would tell you they're pretty strict. Where I was there were stop signs every block. There wasn't much traffic, and I was blowing every stop. After the third one in a row a Highland Park patrol car drove by me without so much as a look.
I'm not sure, but it's possible I was benefitting from electric bike privilege lol.