All about the Colorado Safety Stop

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As of April 2022, Colorado allows bicyclists to perform the “Safety Stop” at intersections. Use this tool to learn about the maneuver and how to educate adult and youth bicyclists about it. Colorado Safety Stop

What is the Colorado Safety Stop?

The Safety Stop gives people on bikes and other “low speed conveyances” (see next page) the legal option to ride slowly through stop signs without stopping first, as long as they are yielding right of way to pedestrians and other road users who have the right-of-way. Bicyclists and users of low-speed conveyances may also proceed at red lights after coming to a complete stop, if there is no oncoming traffic. Bicyclists and low-speed conveyance users can approach intersections at a reasonable speed and choose to apply the Safety Stop or continue to perform a traditional stop at both stop signs and red lights. Only bicyclists ages 15 and over may perform the Safety Stop. Younger riders may do so when they are with a parent or legal guardian.

To read more about the Colorado Safety Stop, click here.