Just What are the Rules for Cyclists in Seattle

There are bicycles and cars everywhere in Seattle. Just how are they supposed to coexist? The Seattle Municipal Code has a chapter dedicated for bicycles and traffic. Whichever you are (cyclist or motorist), make sure you are in the right before you complain about the other.


When codes are not updated

The Washington Department of Transportation announced this summer that they had neglected to update the Model Traffic Ordinance to reflect any traffic law changes since 2004. This model ordinance can be adopted by local municipalities to ensure that they are consistent with state laws. Because of this mistake, a number of cell phone violations issued between 2008 and 2010 were invalid, and the ticket recipient is entitled to a refund. The ordinance has since been updated, but if you’re curious about affected jurisdictions, see the DOL blog post.