Don't Stop

Rolling With It

When a law that no one was following disappears from the books, does it make a sound?

By Michael Miracle July 1, 2013 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2013 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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If screeching brakes count, it might. In June, the Aspen City Council approved a rule that will allow bicyclists to roll through stop signs, or, more precisely, to treat stop signs the way cars treat yield signs. In discussing the ordinance with council, Aspen’s assistant police chief, Bill Linn, cited a University of California at Berkeley study that showed bike riders to be at greater risk when they stop at stop signs, mainly because motorists can’t tell if they’re going to stop or not. Now, if Aspen could only get rid of that pesky law outlawing launching things from catapults. (Seriously—ordinance 15.04.210; look it up.)

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