Bicyclists and drivers in Arkansas react to new law allowing stop-and-go at traffic lights and "rolling stops" at stop signs, similar to MO Dead Red law | KY3

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Beginning July 1, bicyclists do not have to wait for those dreaded red lights to turn green.

Instead they have to stop, but if they don't see a danger in continuing on, they can keep moving. . . .

Supporters of the new law said it also helps because bicyclists can keep their momentum.

Also traffic light cameras sometimes don't detect bikes, so bikers can be sitting at the intersection for a while. . . .

Some people said they don’t think the law is a good idea because cyclists should have to follow the same rules of the road as drivers.

The law also states a bicyclist can go through a stop sign without stopping if they slow down and make sure no one is coming before cautiously going through.

But people said with this new law, bicyclists still need to be careful.

MoBikeFed comment: Arkansas has adopted the so-called "Idaho Stop" law:

Idaho has had a similar law in the books for many years. Delaware recently adopted a similar law, and Colorado--taking a different approach--adopted a state law allowing cities to adopt the Idaho Stop if they wish.

In Missouri, we worked with the motorcycle advocacy groups several years ago to adopt a law allowing bicyclists to proceed through red lights if the light does not recognize the bicyclist or motorcyclist and change within a reasonable period of time.

This "Dead Red" law addresses a serious concern of people who bicycle and motorcycle--traffic lights that just won't change to green--while not going quite as far as the Idaho Stop laws.