Summit County may cut bikes a break at intersections |

Summit County may cut bikes a break at intersections

Caddie Nath
summit daily news

Cyclists may not have to wait at stop signs or traffic lights if the Summit Board of County Commissioners approves a measure that would allow bikes to yield at intersections rather than come to a full stop.

“It’s primarily aimed at being more bicycle friendly,” assistant county manager Thad Noll said.

The county is also looking to sync its policies with local municipalities; similar measures have passed in both Breckenridge and Dillon.

If passed, the county’s yield policy would be the most lenient, allowing cyclists to treat both stop signs and traffic lights as yield signs.

Breckenridge requires bikes to come to a complete stop at red lights, and Dillon only allows bikes to yield, rather than follow normal traffic laws, at stop signs.

County officials say the hope is that if enough municipalities change the rules for bikes, it might induce lawmakers to consider changing policies statewide.

The new rule would not give bikers the right of way in intersections, according to county officials.

“It’s still incumbent on the cyclists to be sure the intersection is clear,” said Noll.

Commissioners passed the measure on first reading last week. They will consider it for a final vote July 10.

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