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Bicyclist Laws| Spokane County, WA

  • Helmet Laws. 
    • City of Spokane.    Children over the age of one, and all adults riding anything on wheels are required by law to wear a helmet.
    • Spokane County.   Children between ages 3 and 16 are required by law to wear helmets when riding anything with wheels—bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc.   

  • Bicyclists are treated the same as motorists.   They can use the roads just like a vehicle, but they have to follow the same rules as a vehicle.
When riding, obey all of the traffic laws.  Follow the same direction of traffic as the flow of traffic.   (Teresa Fuller, Spokane Police Department, KHQ-6 TV, June 20, 2012)
  • Motorists.   Leave at least 3 feet between you and a bicyclist. 
  • In 2014, the rate of motor vehicle collisions involving a pedestrian or bicycle was 56 per 100,000 population in Spokane County. This was significantly higher than Washington state (49 per 100,000). The likelihood of being involved in a bike or pedestrian collision decreased as the age of the cyclist or pedestrian increased and was more likely among males.  (Spokane Counts 2015 report, Spokane Regional Health District)