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New Rule of the Road in Washington: Bicyclists May Treat Stop Signs as Yield Signs

January 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Bob Anderton

Just before the pandemic resulted in many of us rarely leaving home, the Washington Legislature changed the basic rules of the road for people riding bicycles. The law went into effect on October 1.

People riding bikes may now treat most stop signs as yield signs, but there are a few exceptions:

1) Railroad Crossings: “A person operating a bicycle approaching a stop sign located at a highway grade crossing of a railroad must follow the requirements of RCW 46.61.345.” RCW 46.61.190(b)(ii).

2) School Buses: “A person operating a bicycle approaching a ‘stop’ signal in...

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