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Stop and wait for the school bus to load/unload just as if in a car. 68 79.07%
See where the rug rats are heading and take the appropriate action 4 4.65%
Keep going, yell at any kids in front of you to get out of the way 3 3.49%
There are no school buses where I ride 11 12.79%
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Old 04-21-12, 02:14 PM   #1
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How about another useless poll take 5.

Your riding your bicycle, you come across a stopped school bus in the opposing lane of the road, lights flashing.

I ran across this situation a week or so ago, I took one of these actions, I will not say which one, I will vote later.

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Old 04-21-12, 02:24 PM   #2
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Seeing as the law here requires all vehicles to stop when the school bus lights are flashing and bicycles are deemed vehicles ,I stop. How about that 100% of the responses agree with me, helps to be the first respondser.
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Old 04-21-12, 02:45 PM   #3
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Kids around a school and you are in Lycra--Go in the other direction.

Don't have the bus run as you have. Instead we have mums in their 4x4's running the kids to school from 1/2 mile away. It's not the kids you have to be careful of-they have learnt that "Mrs Jones" can't reverse park to save her life so stay out of their way. Instead it is the mums driving away from school putting on their make-up in the rear view mirror.
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In the eyes of the law my bike is a vehicle. I would expect a citation if I failed to stop for a school bus with its flashing lighs on.
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School buses in our area have cameras installed, and they do prosecute. run at own risk.
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Kids around a school and you are in Lycra--Go in the other direction.
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I see the bus ahead and ride off in another direction.
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Hey you kids! Get of my $%#@^!%$& lawn!

...and take your iphones with you!
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In California, if the bus is on the opposite side of a road with a dividing median, you don't have to stop. No median, you have to stop.
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In the eyes of the law my bike is a vehicle. I would expect a citation if I failed to stop for a school bus with its flashing lighs on.
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In California, if the bus is on the opposite side of a road with a dividing median, you don't have to stop. No median, you have to stop.
Pretty universal I think.
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If you're in a hurry, you can stop, dismount, run past the bus (trying not to knock down any children), then jump on bike and ride on.
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I live in the suburbs. I stop for stop lights (as well as school bus flashing lights), stop signs, pedestrians and anything else the law requires me to.
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This happens to me most mornings as a pass a large apartment complex. I dismount, walk the bike past the school bus, remount, and continue.
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My last encounter with a school bus was messy. I was in the bike lane when the bus passed me and then quickly stopped. This particular bike lane had a parking lane to the right. So there I was with a bit of speed on (down hill section) between a stopping bus and a line of parked cars and guess what? The doors on the parked cars all started to be flung open to discharge kids. A bit of panic braking and threading the needle and I was able to slow down but not before I had passed the bus. Had it been ahead of me when it stopped, I would have waited, but this bozo driver put both me and the kids in jeopardy.

Kids get driven to the bus stop to catch a bus to ride them a half mile to their school ... but that's another rant.
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I drive a school bus and, let me tell you, bus stops can get sketchy.

The most hazardous situation is several kids boarding the bus on the right hand side of the street and just 1 or 2 who have to cross the street to board the bus. Motorists see the kids on the right and assume that's everybody and all motorists DO NOT honor my Stop arm. In that situation I straddle the centerline to block traffic in both directions and I have my kids trained to watch for a signal from me (even if their parents say it's OK) before they cross the street.

There is no such thing as too careful at a school bus stop.
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It's pretty rare that this happens to me so I stop just for the novelty of it.
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I will take any advantage when cars are stopped.
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In NC a bicycle is a vehicle and must follow the law the same as an auto. From a practicle standpoint, who wants to ride past the school bus and risk hitting some little kid.
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If I'm behind or going in the opposite lane as a school bus, I stop when the flashers are going. If for some reason it's taking forever, I'll get off the bike and walk it on the sidewalk past the school bus. Now, if say the school bus stops a good 20 feet before an intersection and I'm going to turn so as I'm not going towards the school bus, I'll turn.

But, I time my rides to miss school buses.
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Pretty universal I think.
It may depend on the state. Some states (including Florida) require you to stop if the median is less than so many feet wide.
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I stop since it is the law in Florida, and if you do get caught the really stiff fine will make you rethink your actions. Never had a cross or even silly word with a student debussing (is that a word?) Trouble is with rednecks in trucks with beer bottles and coke cups.

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I stop and wait, unless there is way to completely avoid it. It's just not the kind of law I want to take liberties with, given that we cyclists are injured so often by folks ignoring safety laws.
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In California, if the bus is on the opposite side of a road with a dividing median, you don't have to stop. No median, you have to stop.
I believe that's the requirement in Colorado also. My commute route includes on street with a couple of bus stops, but they're going my same direction in the morning. I stop.

Kent Peterson at http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/ got cited for passing such a school bus last year (not paying attention to the road).

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