Question: I get off work at 7:30 a.m. and it's not unusual while driving home to encounter a large group of people on bicycles all over the road in front of me, but especially taking over the whole right lane. There is room for them to ride on the side of the road but not for me in the right lane of Marine Drive to Country Road to Lummi Shore Drive.
I see signs on the road to please share the road with bicyclists. What does that really mean? There should be signs for please share the road with cars. What are my rights?
Answer: Bicycles are allowed to ride in the traveled portion of the roadway and as far to the right as is safe for them to do. They determine how far to the right is safe to ride. They are also allowed to ride not more than two abreast on the roadway. Your rights are the same as if they were a vehicle. They have the same rights and responsibilities.
Q: Is it legal to turn left on red from a one-way street onto a one-way street?
A: Generally speaking, yes, unless there is a sign posted for "No Turn on Red". For reference, see RCW 46.61.055, Traffic control signal legend, sections 3(a) or 3(c).
ABOUT RULES OF THE ROAD
Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices.
Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who is now serving on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force.
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