As spring approaches, it is important to do a refresher on the rules of the road that apply to bicycles. People flock to the roadsides and trails in hoards once we get a few consecutive days of sun in Western Washington. There are many rules that apply to bicycles, but here are the main ones that apply to all bicycle riders.
Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
RCW 46.61.770 states that every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic … shall ride as near to the right side … as is safe except as may be appropriate … while making turning movements, or while overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction. A person operating a bicycle upon a roadway may use the shoulder of the roadway or any specially designated bicycle lane if such exists.
Obedience to and required traffic control devices.
RCW 46.61.050 states every bicyclist shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.
You may be ticketed
Keep in mind that you may receive a ticket on your bicycle just as you would in your car. It is important to adhere to the rules of the road. If you slip up (like we all do) and roll through a stop sign, we would be glad to represent you in Court on the infraction. We have even successfully represented people on skateboards!
Witt Law Group is a criminal defense and infraction defense law firm with attorneys in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Gig Harbor, Washington. If you have received a ticket on your bike, even for not wearing a helmet, we would be glad to represent you.