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1. Motorists in Portland, Oregon come to a legal, complete stop at stop signs how often?
- 92% of the time
If you answered 92%, you’re not even close. 62% and 44% aren’t right either. The Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation found that drivers come to a complete stop at stop signs only 22% of the time, according to this article in The Oregonia.
The same traffic survey showed cyclists stop only 7% of the time, so bike lawyer Bob “Uncle Tom” Mionske encourages cyclists to see stop signs not as obstructions but as “opportunities–to improve bike-handling skills, braking technique, trackstands and acceleration“, but most people (including cyclists) generally don’t let reality get in the way of their preconceived conceptions.
A minivan driver, for example, may only notice things that reinforce negative stereotypes about cyclists being reckless, while ignoring attentive, law-abiding riders.
It goes both ways, of course, since we as cyclists tend to only see the scofflaw motorists.
Hat tip to Eco Velo.