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Cycling in Seattle? Know The RULES!


Seattle’s cycling laws begin with a vague requirement that road-riders ride as near to the right side of the right through lane as is “safe.”  Keep in mind that you should not ride on the right side of a turn lane unless you are turning.  So, if there is a right-turn only lane, you should ride to the left of that lane on a two-lane road.  On one-way roads, the rider may ride to the left of the lane.  Riding on the sidewalk IS LEGAL, but must be done in a manner that is careful and prudent as the conditions and pedestrian traffic provide.

Bicycles ridden at night must have a white-light headlamp in front, and at minimum a red reflector on the back of the bicycle.  Also, no passengers may ride legally on a bike unless there is a seat for them too!  No peg riding (legally.)

Riders must follow the same traffic laws as motorists (so don’t cali-stop the stop sign or you could be cited!)

Motorists are forbidden from opening their door on the street side unless it can safely be done without interfering with traffic.  Bikes on the road are included in the term “traffic,” so while your broken collarbone might not heal any faster, you can rest easy knowing that the motorist was likely at fault for nearly killing you when he or she flung the car door open.

Read all Seattle Bicycle Laws here:

This blog is not to be construed as legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.  Contact Boice Law Firm at (253) 944-1212 or if you have a bicycle injury claim, or feel that you were wrongfully cited while riding a bike!

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