On April 22, 2021, the California Assembly passed AB122, a bill by Assembly Members Boerner Horvath, Friedman, and Ting (Coauthors: Assembly Members Ward and Wicks; Coauthor: Senator Becker).
AB122 would make it legal for California bicylists to treat stop signs as yield signs. AB 122 passed the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Appropriations Committee before being passed on the Assembly Floor on April 22, 2021, by a vote of 53 to 11.
This means that all a bicyclist would have to do is slow down and proceed with caution, without being required to come to a stop at the stop sign. This is called the “Safety Stop” bill.
10 other states in the United States have passed a form of this law.
The first state was Idaho, so the proposed rolling stop is now deemed an “Idaho Stop.”
When it comes to the rules of the road in Idaho, not only are stop signs treated as yield signs, but stop lights are also treated as stop signs.
On May 12, 2021, AB122 moved on to the California Senate, where it was assigned to the Transportation Committee.
If AB122 makes it through the Senate, it will still have to clear Governor Gavin Newsom's office before becoming a law.
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