Washington law allows bikes to use stop signs as yield signs

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Bicyclists in Washington state can now slowly roll through stop signs if there is no oncoming traffic. Doing so is still a traffic violation for motorized vehicles and people on roller skates, scooters and skateboards. The Daily Herald reports that the technique for bicyclists at intersections is called a safety stop. It allows anyone on a bike to scan the areas without stopping and keep going if there is no traffic. The new law went into effect on Oct. 1. Democratic state Sen. Marko Liias said the law is specific to bike riders but that it could change for scooters that have brakes.