Note: May is National Bike Month, and Street Smarts celebrated Bike Everywhere Day on May 19. Some other topics covered in celebration:
Washington Bikes offers a free pocket reference guide to state bicycle laws. So I sent in for one. And I learned several new-to-me things right away.
It’s a matter of safety.
“Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated like drivers of vehicles,” said Susan Lahti, an avid cyclist from Mukilteo and a certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. “Ride like you’re driving a car.”
That means don’t stay in the right-turn lane if you intend to go straight, for example.
It also means keeping right when there’s faster traffic needing to get around you, using a front lamp and rear reflector at night, and obeying all traffic laws — or risk the fines that go with violating them.
Some other facts:
– Bike riders are not required to use a bike lane or shoulder.
– Bikes may ride two abreast, but not more.
– Bikes may legally control the lane by riding in the middle or left third of a lane so faster traffic merges fully into the next lane to pass.
To get your own pocket guide, send a request to info@WAbikes.org.
Melissa Slager: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-339-3432