We all share the road whether we drive in a car, ride a bicycle, walk on our own feet, or ride a horse.  In watching the blog sites, it seems there are some very heated discussions on what the "other" modes are doing that is not fair.  In an effort to understand the rules, we are providing links as quick reference to the rules of the road in the state of Washington.

A good tip in preventing suprises, is to let others know what you are planning to do while sharing the road.  If you are looking for tips while driving see this link: Best practices for motorists

Links to bike rules, tips and laws

City of Bainbridge Island Safety Tips

WSDOT Bike Laws

Washington State Legislature Bicycle Laws

The following is a list Washington State laws interpreted on the Cascade Bicycle Club site:

Washington state bicycle laws

Cyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of vehicle drivers. RCW 46.61.755

Lane positions

Ride as far to the right as is SAFE, except when preparing to turn or when passing another vehicle. Note, this does not mean you must hug the right side of the road, as it may be unsafe due to debris, grates, car doors and other hazards.

Ride no more than two abreast, and only when safe to do so. Occupy the center of a lane when the lane is too narrow to share or when it would be unsafe to ride to
the right.

Cyclists may ride on a path, lane, shoulder, or travel lane. RCW 46.61.770 

Helmets

Helmets are required by law in King County and many other jurisdictions. King County Board of Health Title 9

Lights

Use a white front light (visible for 500 feet) and a red rear reflector at night. A red rear light may be used in addition to the rear reflector. RCW 46.61.780

Turns

Use hand signals (and look) before turning. RCW 46.61.758

Pedestrians

Always yield to pedestrians. RCW 46.61.261

 

Tim Wentzel

Secretary, Squeaky Wheels