What % of cyclists wait at area stop lights?

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Green means go. Red means stop. And that's a law a strong majority of cyclists are following -- at least at intersections with cameras, according to a new Portland State University study. (Image courtesy MGN Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new study shows most bikers in Oregon are following the rules of the road, at least when it comes to stop lights.

The study looked at more than 2,000 intersection crossing videos in Portland, Beaverton, Corvallis and Eugene. The Portland State University-based study found 94% of cyclists at those intersections waited at red lights.

Though many have argued that bike riders often run red lights, the study seems to prove “it’s certainly a minority,” cyclist and A Better Cycle owner Clinton Garner.

“I think there are certain intersections that are worse than others,” Garner said, “but I’m happy to hear there is some positive press about cycling.”

Indeed, the high number of those “doing the right thing” by stopping at red lights even comes as a surprise to some cyclists.

“I found myself rolling through a few stop signs here and there,” said one. “But I do follow [the stop-on-red rule] when I know there are other cars around.”

PSU’s new study is the kind of publicity those on two wheels hope will help their relationship with those who share the road on four wheels.

“We’re not separate,” Garner said. “We’re all just people trying to do things that are right.”

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