This morning I was determined to succeed.
I figured my ride home from the farmers’ market would be the real test. I’d be loaded with fruit and vegetables, and I’d be stopping at the 4-way heading north on Fremont at Bennett. It’s uphill, too!
Today I was bound and determined to finally make stopping at a stop sign a physical hardship that makes bicycling unpleasant. Today I was determined to do what I have been unable to do since I first read about how difficult it apparently is for bicyclists to stop at stop signs and then get moving again.
But, alas, I am a failure.
Even fully loaded and heading uphill, I was just unable to make stopping difficult. Like every other stop sign I come to, I shifted down, rolled to a smooth foot-down stop, waited my turn, brought my right pedal up to two o’clock, then easily, smoothly, and as close to effortlessly as one can come on such a machine, I failed again to make it difficult!!!
What causes me to admit my lack of cycling skill is the advocacy column in the newest issue of Bicycle Times (no link to the new issue yet) about the Idaho stop. It mentions, although briefly, that one of the reasons for this law is that stopping at stop signs makes bicycling less pleasant and more difficult.
I just don’t get it. And I am 100 percent serious despite the snarky tone of this post.
If any reader of Carbon Trace knows how to making stopping at stop signs difficult, please contact me. I’ll meet you on a suitable road with plenty of stop signs (e.g. Holland) and you can show me what I’m doing wrong.
I’d really appreciate it.