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.