Berkeley, CA looks to give cyclists more leeway at stop signs (Idaho Stop) (Vision Zero Watch)

In recent months, the City Council has approached bike safety with vigor, spurred by the city’s new Vision Zero plan, which aims to “eliminate all traffic-related fatalities in Berkeley by 2028 through engineering, education and enforcement strategies.” Vision Zero campaigns are popping up in cities around the country as climate change, street congestion and urban density push local governments to develop safer alternatives to driving.

Berkeley has the highest rate in the nation of people who bike to work for cities with more than 100,000 residents. But city research uncovered that “90 percent of Berkeley residents already bicycle or would consider bicycling if the right bikeway facility or roadway conditions were available,” according to the 2017 Bicycle Plan.