Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Can bikes run stop signs?

A bicycle rider heads down East Maple Street past a row of stop signs. Bicyclists must stop at the signs just like cars.
A bicycle rider heads down East Maple Street past a row of stop signs. Bicyclists must stop at the signs just like cars. The Bellingham Herald

Question: Can bicyclists be cited for running stop signs? If a cyclist runs a stop sign and strikes or is struck by a vehicle, is the cyclist at fault?

Answer: Yes, bicycles still must obey the rules of the road. If they fail to stop for a stop sign they may be cited for the violation. If a bicycle runs a stop sign and either strikes or is struck by a vehicle, the bicyclist is at fault.

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 just finished his time 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/.

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