Seattle! Below are your area specific laws when riding a bicycle - please ensure to follow them when using Spin!
King County law required everyone to wear helmets when riding a bike. (See below for helmet tips.)
Bicyclists in streets are required to follow the same rules of the road as when you’re driving a car. (See below for more information.)
Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
Steps to Ensuring a Proper Helmet Fit:
- Choose a helmet that fits snugly and won’t shift around as you move. You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the chin strap. Any looser and it’s not going to stay in place.
- Check the straps in the front and back and make sure they come together right below your ears.
- Ensure that the helmet sits level on your head, not tilted back.
Rules for Riding in Streets:
- Stop at red lights and stop signs.
- Use hand signals when you’re turning. (See below to learn how.)
- Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
- If riding on sidewalks, ride slowly and yield to pedestrians.
How to Signal:
- Turning left - Extend your left arm out to the side, keeping it straight.
- Turning right - Extend your right arm out to the side, keeping it straight OR
extend your left arm out to the side, bend your arm at a 90-degree angle, and
point your arm up.
- Slowing down - Extend your left arm out to the side, bend your arm a 90-degree angle, and point your arm down.
Where do I ride?
If bike lanes are unavailable, or the lane ends, you can use the general travel lane. Make sure to look over your shoulder for approaching cars, and signal before entering.
What about using the sidewalk?
In Seattle, it’s legal to ride on the sidewalk. You should ride slowly, always yield to pedestrians, and use a bell (or your voice) if passing pedestrians. Also pay extra attention at driveways and intersections.
How do I turn?
You can use turn lanes while you’re on your bike. Before changing lanes, remember to look behind you for approaching cars and signal that you intend to move over or turn. You may also use the crosswalk.
Where should I stop at an intersection?
Some people prefer to stop behind vehicles. Others prefer stopping to the right of vehicles, or at the very front of intersections for visibility. Remember to stay clear of drivers’ blind spots and watch for right-turning vehicles. This is really important near large vehicles with large blind spots.
How about one-way streets?
On one-way streets, people on bikes can ride in the direction of traffic and can use either the left or right side. Use the side that best serves your destination.