Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

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Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Postby Himself » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:22 pm UTC

I grew up in a house on a side street. It's unimportant enough that even where it intersects other side streets, it is usually the one with the stop sign. But, at the only place in my neighborhood where it intersects one of the main streets, it has a yield sign. It's a pretty normal intersection. The main street has a median, but it doesn't obstruct the intersection. At any other intersection like it I would expect a stop sign, so why is there a yield sign here?
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Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Postby Zohar » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:57 pm UTC

I'm not sure (Hes would know I bet), but I imagine on side streets, where there's not much traffic and you might encounter small children running around, it does no harm to include a stop sign and it makes it safer for pedestrians. While on main streets there's higher traffic and you don't want people to stop if they don't have to, and people are less likely to run along a loud main street.
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Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Postby Zamfir » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:37 pm UTC

Where I am from, a stop sign is only placed when the intersection has bad visibility. If you can easily see the crossing traffic, a yield sign is placed. Perhaps traffic in the main street is easier to see coming than in the smaller streets?

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Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Postby HES » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:57 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:(Hes would know I bet)

Dunno, y'all take a fairly different approach over there. Generally though, it's as likely to be down to a lack of joined up thinking than any engineering reason.

Over here, we only use stop signs where visibility is extremely limited, most junctions have give way (yield) signs. No four-way stops either; someone always has explicit priority.
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Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Postby Bloopy » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:37 am UTC

Himself wrote:I grew up in a house on a side street. It's unimportant enough that even where it intersects other side streets, it is usually the one with the stop sign. But, at the only place in my neighborhood where it intersects one of the main streets, it has a yield sign. It's a pretty normal intersection. The main street has a median, but it doesn't obstruct the intersection. At any other intersection like it I would expect a stop sign, so why is there a yield sign here?

It is odd, but the main street is the one where drivers know they're going to have to slow down regardless. Whereas I guess they figure drivers might carelessly cruise through the others.

Here it'd probably be the other way around. It's typical for stop signs to be used at intersections with main roads, regardless of visibility.


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