I know a guy who rides a road bike everywhere and he frequently doesn’t stop at stop signs. If he can see that there are no cars stopped at the intersecting stop signs, he just goes right through it, especially if it’s a one-way street. And I think sometimes even if there are cars rolling up to the stop sign, but not stopped yet, he’ll go through anyway if he’s close enough. He justifies this riding practice by saying that he doesn’t want to lose his momentum by stopping.
I am under the impression this is frowned upon, and besides being illegal, also makes drivers resent cyclists. This town has a huge number of cyclists, the hipster with messenger bag kind and the middle-aged doctor/lawyer in Spandex covered in logos kind. Sometimes there are letters in the paper complaining about the bikers and sometimes there are letters from bikers complaining about the drivers not sharing the road. I think bikers not obeying the traffic laws gives all of them a bad name. Do you agree?