In 1982 Idaho Traffic laws were revised with a new bicycle code that included a provision to allow bicyclists to do a “rolling stop” instead of a dead halt at stop signs~treating the “stop sign” like a “yield” sign. Some cyclists and police officers advocated for an amendment to this law which was passed in 2006. The amendment stated that cyclists must stop on red lights, and must yield before proceeding straight or making a left turn at an intersection. The benefits of the Idaho Stop according to two studies is that safety is improved, and cyclists can move to see around obstacles, lessening car collisions. While this cyclist law has been enacted in Idaho, no other jurisdiction picked it up~until now.
The Governor of Delaware is expected to sign legislation allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yields in early October. Even though Idaho has a long safety record with cyclists treating stop signs as yields, and red lights as stop signs, Delaware’s legislation will apply only to two lane roads with stop signs. Cyclists must still wait at red lights. Drivers will be required to change lanes when passing cyclists on the road, and will be legally prohibited from honking at cyclists when passing. Municipalities in Delaware will be also be able to operate traffic signals that are bike specific.