Share the Road – Safe Cycling is Riding on You
Bicyclists must obey these traffic laws:
- Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Obey laws and ride predictably.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Ride in the bike lane when one is available.
- You may ride in the travel lane when passing, making a left turn, avoiding a hazard, and when the lane is narrow.
- Ride no more than two side-by-side on the street. Be courteous to following traffic.
- Follow all traffic control devices, including stop signs, traffic signals, and yield signs.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
- At night, use a white front light and red rear reflector, and wear bright or reflective clothing.
- In downtown Spokane, cycling is not permitted on the sidewalk. While downtown, dismount and walk your bike, or ride in the travel lane.
- Always be aware of turning vehicles.
Motorists must obey these traffic laws:
- Pass to the left of the bicyclist. Remain behind the bicyclist until it is safe to pass.
- Bicyclists may legally occupy the travel lane when passing, making a left turn, avoiding a hazard, or when the lane is narrow.
- Do not drive or park in a bicycle lane.
- You may cross a bicycle when turning or you need to cross the lane to park near the curb.
- Yield to oncoming bicyclists when turning; be aware of their distance and speed.
- Look right and behind you before making a right turn, or slow down and yeild to the cyclist.
- Before opening your door and getting out of your parked vehicle, check behind you for approaching bicyclists.