West Seattle Blog… | 2 BICYCLING FYI’S: Trail work Friday; ‘safety stop’ law now in effect

West Seattle Weblog… | 2 BICYCLING FYI’S: Path work Friday; ‘security cease’ legislation now in impact

Two FYI’s primarily affecting bicycle riders, however of potential curiosity to all:

TRAIL WORK ON FRIDAY: Simply acquired from SDOT:

Tomorrow, SDOT can be performing upkeep on the Alki Path close to the Chelan Café. Crews can be trimming timber and different vegetation that’s encroaching the path. Work will start within the early morning and proceed all through the afternoon.

There can be minor impacts for individuals biking, strolling, and rolling on the path. Crews will want area on the path to work, so the path can be narrowed briefly, which is able to gradual the motion of pedestrians and bike site visitors simply west of the Chelan Café for about half a mile. There might also be a brief, exterior lane closure on SW Spokane St between Delridge Approach and Harbor Ave SW to finish all of the trimming.

SAFETY STOP: Due to the readers who emailed to counsel we word this – the brand new Safety Stop” state law (sponsored by West Seattle-residing State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon) is in impact as of as we speak.

West Seattle Blog… | 2 BICYCLING FYI’S: Trail work Friday; ‘safety stop’ law now in effect

As explained by SDOT, “The Security Cease permits individuals biking to legally deal with cease indicators as yield indicators when no different site visitors is approaching and once they have slowed to an affordable velocity. Washington would be the fifth state to legalize these stops, becoming a member of Idaho, Delaware, Arkansas, and Oregon.” This covers e-bikes in addition to non-electric bikes, however does NOT change the principles for scooters. SDOT’s rationalization additionally notes:

For everybody’s security, individuals biking should nonetheless totally cease at:

Stoplights, together with stoplights in bike lanes
Cease indicators on college buses
Cease indicators at railroad crossings

The Security Cease is meant to cut back collisions, accidents, and driver confusion about right-of-way.