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To Stop or Not to Stop? An Analysis of Cyclists’ Compliance or Noncompliance with Stop Signs Shannon Carter Sociology Undergraduate University of California, Davis ABSTRACT Why do people obey or not obey laws? Sociologists and legal scholars have found a number of factors that contribute to compliance or noncompliance with the law and it seems that different contexts and locations cause people to behave differently. This study adds to the current body of legal research by examining the reasons behind cyclists’ compliance or noncompliance with traffic laws. It uses data from a sample of university bicyclists who were asked about their cycling habits when approaching a stop sign. Cyclists took part in preliminary interviews that were analyzed with an interpretive approach to discover the reasons they gave for their behavior. A larger sample of cyclists completed a self-reported survey and these data were assessed to see the extent to which the survey data mirrored the interview responses...