SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House on Monday passed 58-11 a bill that lets bicyclists treat stop signs as yield signs and traffic lights as stop signs.Comment on this story
Under current law, bicyclists can pass under a red light after waiting for 90 seconds. HB58 lets cyclists proceed after a stop if traffic permits, and for stop signs, riders can roll through the intersection if it is clear of other vehicles and pedestrians.
An amendment was added prohibiting cyclists from crossing a red light at intersections with more than one lane of travel in each direction.
Bill sponsor Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, said that the time after a stop when a biker has to exert himself to get going again is the most vulnerable moment when riding in automobile traffic.
The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.