Intersection Paint Striping in Golden Gate Park: Does it Encourage Cyclists to Roll Through Stop Signs?

See the crosswalk across JFK Jr. Drive on Golden Gate Park? See the stop line for cars heading west towards the ocean? That tells car drivers where to stop and look for peds in the crosswalk before continuing along.

Note that this stop line doesn’t continue all the way through the “bike lane.”

Does this suggest that cyclists don’t need to stop at the stop lines?  

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Mmmm…

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4 Responses to “Intersection Paint Striping in Golden Gate Park: Does it Encourage Cyclists to Roll Through Stop Signs?”

  1. chrisr says:

    You’re stopping for the sign, not the line, right? Not certain of the exact details in the vehicle code though.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Agree, you’re stopping for the sign but cars need to stop at the stop line.

    I guess bikes would be required to stop at the crosswalk, but it appears the the painter/intersection designer feels that bikes don’t need to stop at all…

    In reality, bikes don’t need to stop at all…

  3. I’ve heard that bicycles are supposed to stop at all stop signs. But starting on a bike from a dead stop sucks, so I just ride through intersections slowly enough to stop for pedestrians. *shrug*

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Well sure, look out for the peds. Sometimes I don’t even slow down. The SFPD allows bikes more lattitude than cars when we’re talking about California stops.