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Know the rules for Seattle's bike lanes

Seattle is home to a very nice set of bike lanes. People who use these must ensue that they are following the proper protocol. This helps to keep everyone safe, regardless of how people are getting around. There are special guidelines for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs and vehicles.

Some of the Seattle bike lanes are part of Vision Zero, which is a plan the city has to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities due to traffic incidents. The goal date is 2030, so the goal is rather lofty. Many of the bike lanes in the city are protected lanes, which means that they have a barrier between the bike lane and the vehicles.

Two-way bike lanes

Because Seattle is constructing two-way bike lanes, everyone needs to understand how to use them. Just like other roads, you always ride on the right side. They have lane markers to help everyone stay where they need to be. Never cross the center line because you could end up causing an accident. Always stay as close to the right side as you can so that others can pass you if they are riding faster than you.

Right of way

The rules for right of way depend on where you are in the bike path, as well as how you are traveling. Pedestrians have the right of way if they are crossing the bike lane, so give them an audible warning if you are going to pass them. Typically, pedestrians should only cross a protected bike lane at a crosswalk, but there are times when they might cross in other areas if they are trying to get to a parked vehicle. No vehicles should ever park in the bike lane.

When accidents occur

When an accident between a bike and a vehicle occurs in Seattle, you have to ensure that you handle it in the appropriate manner. Contact the police department, and you may need to have emergency medical services come to the scene. It is imperative that you get medical care if you need it. In fact, it is usually a good idea to have an evaluation because there is a possibility of hidden injuries.

You also have the option of seeking compensation. This can help to cover your medical bills and other expenses. You only have a certain amount of time after the accident to file, so be sure you do so quickly.

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