Question: Is it improper for a bicyclist to ride in a bike lane against traffic? I saw a cyclist almost get hit because a turning car didn’t expect a bicyclist to come from the opposite direction in the bike lane.
Answer: Yes, it would be improper/illegal for a bicycle to be riding in a bike lane against traffic. Bicycles riding on the roadway must follow the same rules as a vehicle. They must ride on the right side of the roadway and obey all of the traffic control signs and signals.
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 serves on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.