What the bill will do:
This bill will take the language of Senate Bill 18-144, AKA “The Safety Stop Bill,” and:
- Expand who may perform the Safety Stop to include not just bicyclists, but all people on “low-speed conveyances” (described below).
- Allow pedestrians to cross stop sign controlled intersections without coming to a complete stop.
- Make the maneuver legal statewide.
What is the Safety Stop?
The Safety Stop creates a safer way for low profile, non-motorized road users to cross at intersections when they have the right of way. The maneuver allows people on “low-speed conveyances” to:
- treat stop signs as yield signs.
- treat stop lights as stop signs.
The Safety Stop does not impact the current right-of-way whatsoever. People on bikes can proceed straight, right, or left at a reasonable speed of no more than 10 miles per hour only when the coast is clear. This applies only to bicyclists ages 15 and up. Younger bicyclists may do so when accompanied by an adult.
What is a low-speed conveyance?
Simply put, low-speed conveyances are small profile, low-speed vehicles that people use for transportation and recreation. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Bicycles and electric bicycles
- Electric scooters (not including mopeds)
- Skateboards and “one wheels”
When signed into law, “low-speed conveyance” will be defined formally in statute.