A Washington personal injury attorney shares safety tips for cyclists who bike to work in Seattle along Marginal Way and the West Seattle Bridge.

Commuting by Bike on Marginal Way: Safety Tips

Andrew Kim
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After a fatal cyclist accident on Marginal Way earlier this month, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Department of Transportation said that the road will be made safer for bike commuters as soon as possible—but the area has been dangerous for cyclists for years, and changes to the road can’t come soon enough. If you commute into the city by bike from West Seattle, you most likely navigate this hazardous roadway. What can you do to stay safe while biking on Marginal Way? 

  • Never assume a truck driver can see you. Marginal Way is a heavily used truck route because many commercial vehicles pick up their morning loads in the area. Because trucks are high off the ground and have large blind spots, they often don’t see cyclists at all. 
  • Find a safe place to cross. One of the biggest dangers of biking on Marginal Way is crossing from the sidewalk after the West Seattle Bridge to the safety of the bike lanes on the far side of the street. Many cyclists believe that crossing diagonally when the coast is clear is the safest way, though this strategy obviously comes with risks. 
  • Focus on the task at hand. It is easy to have your mind on your job and other mental distractions, especially at the beginning and end of the workday. However, it is vital to keep your eyes and your mind on the road, especially in this area. 
  • Put yourself in the truckers’ shoes. A West Seattle safety advocacy group is hosting a meeting between truckers who use the route and bike commuters. They hope that increasing understanding between the two groups can help prevent accidents. Both truckers and cyclists want to avoid collisions, and that goal can be reached in part through empathy and understanding. 

Do you need legal assistance following a Seattle bike accident and injury? Call Andrew Kim today for a free consultation with a Washington personal injury attorney: 800.636.3676. 

Category: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents


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