Sharing the road during the four-day closure of SR 99

Posted on Aug 22 2014 12:03 PM

When State Route 99 closes for four straight days starting Friday night, Aug. 22, you can expect more congestion and delays on surface streets getting into and out of downtown Seattle. We’re expecting more bikes on the road as travelers try alternate ways to reach their destination.

To keep everyone moving safely, drivers and bicyclists will need to be especially mindful of each other as they use crowded streets and intersections. Obeying the law is essential. In Washington state, bicycles are legally considered vehicles on the road. For cyclists, this means following the same rules of the road as drivers. For drivers, this means using best practices and treating cyclists as equals who have the same rights to the road as you.

Here are a few common sense tips to help all commuters get along:

For drivers

  • Yield to oncoming bicyclists when making a left turn at an intersection.
  • Yield to bicyclists when turning across a bike lane.
  • Look for passing bicyclists before opening a door that faces traffic.

 

For bicyclists

  • Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic.
  • Pass on the left, where drivers can see you.
  • Use hand signals and make eye contact with drivers.

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Finally, both drivers and bicyclists should keep an eye out for pedestrians and remember that pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.

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