Boise, home to Idaho's biggest bike population, "has actually become safer for bicyclists than other cities which don't have the law," Meggs said.
Mark McNeese, the Idaho Transportation Department's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, said legislators removed an education requirement in the original law in 1988 because special training quickly became unnecessary. "The kids were quick to adapt," he said. "The bottom line is that when this thing passed, there wasn't one doggone thing that changed."
And despite what you may have thought, the law wasn't promoted by cyclists in Idaho, it was judges.
Carl Bianchi, a retired administrative director of Idaho's state courts who is widely considered the father of the Idaho Stop, said it was traffic judges -- not cyclists -- who pushed for the idea in 1982.
Police were ticketing bike riders for failing to come to a complete, foot-down stop. Judges, however, saw "technical violations" clogging up their courts.
"We recognized that the realities of bicycling were a lot different than driving a car," Bianchi said.
Which may be good considering some of the trouble Oregon has had passing their law
And The Arlandrian gets involved with a nice point in calling for Alexandria to go potato
Despite what one of Alexandria's planning commission members, Lawrence Robinson, thinks
If Oregon passes the Idaho stop, that would increase the chances of passing it in the DC area. Though I'm sure some would be quick to point out that Portland "just isn't like DC."