Although there are fairly uniform motor vehicle traffic rules across the United States, the same cannot be said about laws for bike riders.
Even avid bike riders are often unaware of what their state’s bike laws are. By way of example, I spent an entire summer during college working as a bike messenger and at no point could I confidently tell you whether I was required to come to a full stop at stop signs and lights. I generally treated the stop signs and lights as if they were yield signs.
After all, some states permit what is called an “Idaho stop.” An Idaho stop law lets a bike rider treat a stop sign as a yield sign. Rather than being required to come to a stop, the bike rider is only required to slow down, to stop if required for safety, and to yield the right of way to any approaching vehicle or pedestrian.
What is the law in Maryland, you may be rightly wondering.
In Maryland, there are no Idaho stop laws. Bike riders are required to treat stop signs and lights just like cars must. Bike riders are required to come to a complete stop when directed, by a sign or light, to stop.