May 22, 2023 - News

Minnesota getting the "Idaho stop" rule for cyclists

Illustration of a pattern of bicycles.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Minnesota cyclists will no longer be required to make a full stop at stop signs under a transportation bill passed by the House and Senate on Sunday.

How it works: Legislators passed what is known as the "Idaho stop:" It allows cyclists to treat a stop sign like a yield sign — they can roll through it, but need to be going to slow enough to stop if a vehicle is coming.

Context: Idaho created the law in 1982 and seven states have followed suit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Four of them also allow cyclists to treat stop lights as yield signs. Minnesota's law doesn't.

What's ahead: Pending a signature by Gov. Tim Walz, the new law will take effect on Aug. 1.

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