Cycling group’s video shows cars running stop sign: So what?

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition published a video the other day showing cars failing to stop at a stop sign.

Ho-hum.

I suppose it’s sort of interesting, and even mildly entertaining if you enjoy griping about motorists running stop signs.

The trouble with that: I could easily set up a camera and show just as many cyclists doing the same thing. What would be the point?

Video is cheap, but I’d like to see my dues spent more effectively.

The video, for what it’s worth:

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6 Responses to “Cycling group’s video shows cars running stop sign: So what?”


  1. 1 Mark Wyatt March 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    For you, it’s not an eye opener. For others, it has stirred some discussion. For the record, 5 minutes of camera time, 20 minutes of editing. 721 views in 48 hours. Our helmet video has seen 640 view in 3 months.

  2. 2 sam bergus March 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I think this goes to show the lack of reality with traffic planning more than anything. five minutes at the stop sign, nine people improperly stopping and not a single person was injured.

    Although I agree that both motorists and bicyclists should be better at obeying traffic laws than they are, I also think that traffic planners are much too quick to throw up a stop sign at an intersection.

  3. 3 B.J.Smith March 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Mark, I hope the discussion somehow results in safer cycling for everybody, and that the people who watch the video are moved to act in some positive way. I would be interested in hearing your views on what lessons people can take away from the video of motorists disobeying the stop sign.

  4. 4 Mark Wyatt March 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    There are 19 communities that require bicycles to ride on sidewalks because the wisdom of the city council says that is safer. Is it? With habitual stop sign running along a highway with a sidepath, how could it be safer.

  5. 5 B.J.Smith March 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I see your point – and I don’t believe sidewalks or sidepaths are safer by any means – but that wasn’t the message I got from the video. Showing law-breaking motorists seems to me to be an unnecessary distraction at this point from persuading both cyclists and motorists that the bike safety law is a good idea.

  6. 6 Mark Wyatt March 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    There are so many things being discussed from the video. One thing we have heard from some of our lawmakers is they don’t want to give rights to scofflaws. Someone has seen someone run a stop sign and think all bicyclists run stop signs. You are right that we are not fixing that notion.

    However, motorists are not in the clear either. Disregard for traffic signals is a society wide problem and not isolated to bikes.

    The real point is we are not being honest with ourselves about the nature of traffic in our transportation system. Until our lawmakers snap out of thinking in stereotypes and suggesting extraordinary scenarios, we can’t honestly debate the rules of the road.


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