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Re: Stop signs/lights, are there many on your rides?(7 posts)

Re: Stop signs/lights, are there many on your rides?rwbadley
May 15, 2003 7:31 AM
We all know the back and forth on this board about signs/lights. To stop complete, slow down, blast on through, or some middle ground.

How big an issue are they on your ride?

I ride several different routes. A twenty miler going south I will hit four stop signs and two lights for the total ride. A twenty eight miler going west I will hit eight lights and two-four signs total. One 75 miler I will hit maybe six signs and eight lights.

If I head out hwy 50 across Nevada, I might hit four lights or signs in 300 miles.

I guess what I am saying is, since we don't have too many here, I don't mind stopping or at least slowing to a walk for all of them (it gives me a chance to work on 'start' power) But I can see if I had to contend with twelve lights/signs per mile it might be a problem...

So, how many on your typical ride, and how do you treat them???

No signal lights...DINOSAUR
May 15, 2003 7:46 AM
I counted about ten stop signs in a 30 mile ride. I slow down to a near stop and look carefully, depending on the location, at one intersection sometimes I have to unclip and wait for traffic to clear. My main concern is sometimes drivers tend to not see me, or just don't give a damn, which one I have not figured out yet. I force myself to be careful at intersections as twice I've screwed up and turned in front of a car, not seeing it. A lot of it depends on the color of the car and the lighting....
re: Re: Stop signs/lights, are there many on your rides?dtufts
May 15, 2003 8:26 AM
I have a few stop sign. I try to stop, or at least slow to a crawl and look carefully both ways at the intersection. I ride in a residential area and on the more heavily traveled streets that feed the residential streets. At many intersections I have the right of way (b/c the stop sign is posted for the traffic crossing my route) but I find I still have to be careful and slow at may of these because cars will be blowing the stop signs and might not seem me. Yesterday, a stupid redneck in a beater camaro did that to me. Luckily I saw it coming and could slow and be in control. When he finally noticed what he had done, he acts all put-out. I think its better if everyone, bikes and car, just obey the posted rules.
re:I hate to blow lights, but unfortunatelycyclopathic
May 15, 2003 8:26 AM
I have to. Many of them sensor driven so if you stop you can wait long time before a car comes by and tips it off.

Treat? slow down, drop gear (but not too much) look around and then either stop/trackstand or blow by.
May 15, 2003 8:33 AM
Traffic lights and stop signs, especially 4-way stops abound here in Metro DC. About half of my commute is on a MUT with few stops, but the street part, especially thru Old Town, Alexandria, VA has a 4-way stop at each intersection. These are a real nuisance. I treat them as yield signs. Many drivers will wave me thru, but some are unpredictable and run the intersection after slowing down. Got to be careful. On my Sunday morning rides, I treat lights and stops as the conditions allow. I am very careful, and believe in taking my turn, but will 'run' lights when I can. Its against the law but I don't see myself going to hell for it, unless I get nailed by a stealth motorist.
May 15, 2003 9:03 AM
Way too many! I think there is a stop sign or light every mile on some of my rides - I generally don't count them - I think I'd get annoyed! No wait - I get annoyed anyway! I just moved to San Diego, and I never had this problem in England. I think sometimes a third of my ride time is spent sitting at lights!
almost noneDougSloan
May 15, 2003 10:37 AM
No lights if I leave from home, and only a few stop signs. I could ride 200 miles or more with no lights.

From work for my noon time rides, probably 20 lights out and back. I hate them. Getting better at timing and track stands, though.