It seems to me that the law ought to reflect reality better. Given that a bicycle has much less mass and momentum and runs on human power, bicyclists should be able to treat stop signs as yield signs. Here in San Francisco the vast majority of bike riders rarely stop completely at stop signs. In fact, it seems to confuse motorists when I actually do stop. My technique is to slow down, look both ways, and if no one is already stopped, I motor on through. If a car gets to the intersection first, I stop but about half the time they wave me on through. To cut down on confusion I sometimes fake a right turn so that the car will continue into the intersection and then I go around behind it.
Whaddya think? Does this make sense or will the caged people get mad because it seems like bicyclists get special priveleges? (In California motorcyclists can split lanes while cars are stuck in traffic, so different rules for different vehicles seems like a valid idea). How many of you actually come to a complete stop at every stop sign?