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Yes. Cyclists must follow all rules of the road, just like motorized vehicles. That means obeying the posted speed limit and slowing down when weather conditions or road conditions aren't ideal. Although getting a speeding ticket while riding a bike in Washington State is admittedly rare, it does happen. In addition, speeding on a bike is dangerous and can lead to serious bike accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

For example, last year MyNorthwest.com reported that the Seattle Police Department's Aggressive Driver Response Team pulled over a cyclist in West Seattle who was traveling 42-miles-per-hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone on Southwest Admiral Way. While the cyclist was surprised to be pulled over – and argued that he was simply traveling with the flow of traffic – he was still technically breaking the law. The officer, who stated that stopping cyclists for stopping violations or unsafe lane changes was much more common, let the bike rider off with a written warning.

How can cyclists avoid speeding?

While most bikes don't have speedometers, you can estimate how fast you are going based on your surroundings and any surrounding vehicle’s speed. Just because you have the ability to speed doesn't mean that you should, especially on Seattle's crowded ubran streets.

Have you been injured in a Washington bike accident that you believe was caused by excessive speed? You could deserve compensation for your injuries and other costs. To learn about your possible personal injury case, contact Seattle bike accident attorney Andrew Kim: 800-636-3676.

Can you get pulled over for speeding on a bicycle in Washington State?

 

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Yes. Cyclists must follow all rules of the road, just like motorized vehicles. That means obeying the posted speed limit and slowing down when weather conditions or road conditions aren't ideal. Although getting a speeding ticket while riding a bike in Washington State is admittedly rare, it does happen. In addition, speeding on a bike is dangerous and can lead to serious bike accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

For example, last year MyNorthwest.com reported that the Seattle Police Department's Aggressive Driver Response Team pulled over a cyclist in West Seattle who was traveling 42-miles-per-hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone on Southwest Admiral Way. While the cyclist was surprised to be pulled over – and argued that he was simply traveling with the flow of traffic – he was still technically breaking the law. The officer, who stated that stopping cyclists for stopping violations or unsafe lane changes was much more common, let the bike rider off with a written warning.

How can cyclists avoid speeding?

While most bikes don't have speedometers, you can estimate how fast you are going based on your surroundings and any surrounding vehicle’s speed. Just because you have the ability to speed doesn't mean that you should, especially on Seattle's crowded ubran streets.

Have you been injured in a Washington bike accident that you believe was caused by excessive speed? You could deserve compensation for your injuries and other costs. To learn about your possible personal injury case, contact Seattle bike accident attorney Andrew Kim: 800-636-3676.