Revised Code of Washington State - Bicycle-related - with special thanks to the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. This page includes state laws for cars of particular interest to cyclists.
Benton County Code - TITLE 10 BCC adopts the Chapter 308-330 WAC Model Traffic Ordinance. See table at right for exclusions and inclusions related to bicycles.
Franklin County Municipal Code - Title 10 - Vehicles and Traffic adopts the Chapter 308-330 WAC Model Traffic Ordinance. See table at right for exclusions and inclusions related to bicycles. [Franklin County does not exempt any of the provisions of the WAC MTO pertaining to bicycles.]
Kennewick Municipal Code - details in table at right.
11.90.700: Crossing New Pavement And Markings
11.90.930: RCW Sections Adopted - Operation of Nonmotorized Vehicles
11.90.030: Chapter 46.04 RCW ( Definitions) Adopted by Reference
11.90.940: Bicycles - Obedience to Traffic Control Devices
11.90.950: Bicycles - Parking
11.90.960: Bicycles - Riding on Sidewalks
11.90.970: Unclaimed Bicycles
Pasco Municipal Code - Title 10 - Vehicles and Traffic adopts the Chapter 308-330 WAC Model Traffic Ordinance. See table at right for exclusions and inclusions related to bicycles.
Richland Municipal Code - see Title 11. Traffic. Section 11.01.010  adopts the Chapter 308-330 WAC Model Traffic Ordinance. See table at right for exclusions and inclusions related to bicycles. [Richland does not exempt any of the provisions of the WAC MTO pertaining to bicycles.]
West Richland Municipal Code - Title 10 - Vehicles and Traffic adopts the Chapter 308-330 WAC Model Traffic Ordinance. See table at right for exclusions and inclusions related to bicycles. [West Richland does not exempt any of the provisions of the WAC MTO pertaining to bicycles.]
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308-330-250
Police department to administer bicycle licenses.
  The police department or some other office or department designated by the local authority shall administer the bicycle license regulations required by this chapter.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-250, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-412
Crossing new pavement and markings.
  No person shall ride or drive any animal, bicycle, or vehicle, across any newly made pavement or freshly applied markings on any highway when a sign, cone marker, or other warning device is in place warning persons not to drive across such pavement or marking.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-412, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-500
Bicycle license required.
  No person who resides within the jurisdiction of the local authority shall ride or propel a bicycle on any highway or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license plate or decal is attached thereto as provided in WAC 308-330-500 through 308-330-540.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-500, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-505
Bicycle license application.
  Application for a bicycle license and license plate or decal shall be made upon a form provided by and to the chief of police. An annual license fee as prescribed by the local authority shall be paid to the local authority before each license or renewal thereof is granted. Duplicate license plates or decals may be supplied for the same cost as the original plate or decal in the event of loss of the plate or decal.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-505, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-510
Issuance of bicycle license.
  (1) The chief of police upon receiving proper application therefor is authorized to issue a bicycle license which shall be effective for one calendar year.

     (2) The chief of police shall not issue a license for any bicycle when he/she knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant is not the owner of, or entitled to the possession of, such bicycle.

     (3) The chief of police shall keep a record of the number of each license, the date issued, the name and address of the person to whom issued, and a record of all bicycle license fees collected by him.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-510, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-515
Attachment of bicycle license plate or decal.
  (1) The chief of police, upon issuing a bicycle license, shall also issue a license plate or decal bearing the license number assigned to the bicycle, and the name of the local authority.

     (2) Such license plate or decal shall be firmly attached to the rear mudguard or frame of the bicycle for which issued in such position as to be plainly visible from the rear.

     (3) No person shall remove a license plate or decal from a bicycle during the period for which issued except upon a transfer of ownership or in the event the bicycle is dismantled and no longer operated upon any highway within the jurisdiction of the local authority.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-515, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-520
Inspection of bicycles.
  The chief of police, or an officer assigned such responsibility, may inspect each bicycle before licensing the same and may refuse a license for any bicycle which he/she determines is in unsafe mechanical condition.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-520, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-525
Renewal of bicycle license.
  Upon the expiration of any bicycle license, the same may be renewed upon application and payment of the same fee as upon an original application.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-525, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-530
Bicycle transfer of ownership.
  Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle, the licensee shall remove the license plate or decal and shall either surrender the same to the chief of police or may upon proper application, but without payment of additional fee, have such plate or decal assigned to another bicycle owned by the applicant.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-530, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-535
Bicycle rental agencies.
  A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is licensed and a license plate or decal is attached thereto as provided herein and such bicycle is equipped with the equipment required by RCW 46.61.780.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-535, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-540
Bicycle dealers.
  Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or second-hand bicycles shall make a report to the chief of police of every bicycle purchased or sold by such dealer, giving the name and address of the person from whom purchased or to whom sold, a description of such bicycle by name or make, the frame number thereof, and number of license plate or decal, if any, found thereon.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-540, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-545
Bicycles Obedience to traffic control devices.
  (1) Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

     (2) Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the directions of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle at the right-hand curb or as close as is practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-545, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-550
Bicycles Parking.
  No person shall park a bicycle upon a highway other than:

     (1) Off the roadway except in designated areas;

     (2) Upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle;

     (3) Against a building; or

     (4) In such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-550, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-555
Bicycles Riding on sidewalks.
  (1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk in a business district.

     (2) A person may ride a bicycle on any other sidewalk or any roadway unless restricted or prohibited by traffic control devices.

     (3) Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-555, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-560
Bicycles Penalties.
  Violation of any provision of WAC 308-330-500 through 308-330-540 is a traffic infraction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-560, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]


308-330-565
Unclaimed bicycles.
  All unclaimed bicycles in the custody of the police department shall be disposed of as provided in chapter 63.32 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.90.010. 94-01-082, 308-330-565, filed 12/13/93, effective 7/1/94.]

10.04.011 ADOPTION BY REFERENCE. The "Washington Model Traffic Ordinance," Chapter 308-330 WAC, hereinafter referred to as the "MTO," and RCW 46.29.605, WAC 303-330-200, RCW 46.20.435, RCW 46.20.510, and Chapter 46.30 RCW are hereby adopted by reference as and for the Traffic Ordinance of Benton County as if set forth in full herein except as provided in BCC 10.04.021.

10.04.021 SECTIONS NOT ADOPTED. The following sections of the MTO or of other State statutes incorporated by reference in the MTO are not adopted by reference and are expressly deleted: [NOTE: Below pertain only to bicycles.]

WAC 308-330-500 - Bicycle License Required.

WAC 308-330-505 - Bicycle License Application.

WAC 308-330-510 - Issuance of Bicycle License.

WAC 308-330-515 - Attachment of Bicycle License Plate or Decal.

WAC 308-330-520 - Inspection of Bicycles.

WAC 308-330-525 - Renewal of Bicycle License.

WAC 308-330-530 - Transfer of Ownership.

WAC 308-330-535 - Rental Agencies.

WAC 308-330-540 - Bicycle Dealers.

The following are retained: 250, 412, 545, 550, 555, 560, and 565.

10.04.010  Adoption of Washington Model Traffic Ordinance.
The Washington Model Traffic Ordinance, WAC Chapter 308-330, is adopted by reference as if fully set out in this chapter. A copy of WAC Chapter 308-330 is on file in the office of the county clerk for use and examination by the public.
(Ord. 18-2002, 2002)

CHAPTER 10.05  STATE TRAFFIC ORDINANCE ADOPTED

10.05.010  ADOPTION BY REFERENCE.  The "Washington Model Traffic Ordinance, Chapter 308-330 WAC, as now or hereafter amended, is hereby adopted by reference as the Traffic Ordinance of the City of Pasco as if set in full; a copy of which has been filed with the City Clerk for use and examination by the public.  The provisions of the Washington Model Traffic Ordinance, together with other provisions of Title 10 of the Pasco Municipal Code shall constitute the traffic ordinance of the City of Pasco and may be cited as such.  (Ord. 3171 Sec. 1, 1996; Ord. 3027, Sec. 2, 1994; Ord. 2458 Sec. 1, 1983;  Ord. 1824 Sec. 1, 1976).

10.05.020  SECTIONS NOT ADOPTED.  The following sections [of] the MTO are not adopted by reference and are expressly deleted:
WAC 308-330-250
WAC 308-330-520 through 540
(Ord. 3027, Sec. 2, 1994; Ord. 1824 Sec. 2, 1976).

The following are retained: 412, 545, 550, 555, 560, and 565.

11.01.010 Washington Model Traffic Ordinance and Other Statutory Provisions Adopted by Reference


A. The Washington Model Traffic Ordinance, Chapter 308-330 WAC, hereinafter referred to as "MTO," one copy of which has been filed with the City Clerk for use and examination by the public, is adopted by this reference as if fully set forth in this chapter except that Chapter 308-330-408 WAC relating to traffic laws, signs, signals, markings shall not be adopted by reference.

11.50.050 Bicycle Use Prohibited

Bicycle riding is prohibited on interior sidewalks adjacent to buildings in the Uptown Shopping Area. (Ord. 30-96).

CHAPTER 10.04  MODEL TRAFFIC ORDINANCE ADOPTED

Sections:
10.04.010  ADOPTION BY REFERENCE

10.04.010  ADOPTION BY REFERENCE.  The "Washington Model Traffic Ordinance, Chapter 308-330 of the Washington Administrative Code, is hereby adopted by reference as a Traffic Ordinance of the City of West Richland as if set in full.  (Ord. 395 para. 1, 1995; Ord. 249, para. 1, 1977)

11.90.700: Crossing New Pavement And Markings: No person shall ride or drive any animal, bicycle, or vehicle, across any newly made pavement or freshly applied markings on any highway when a sign, cone marker, or other warning device is in place warning persons not to drive across such pavement or marking. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

11.90.930: RCW Sections Adopted - Operation of Nonmotorized Vehicles: The following sections of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) pertaining to the operation of nonmotorized vehicles as now or hereafter amended are hereby adopted by reference as a part of this Chapter in all respects as though such sections were set forth herein in full: RCW 46.61.750, 46.61.755, 46.61.758, 46.61.760, 46.61.765, 46.61.770, 46.61.775, and 46.61.780. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

11.90.940: Bicycles - Obedience to Traffic Control Devices:

(1) Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

(2) Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the directions of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle at the right-hand curb or as close as is practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

11.90.950: Bicycles - Parking: No person shall park a bicycle upon a highway other than:

(1) Off the roadway except in designated areas;

(2) Upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle;

(3) Against a building; or

(4) In such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

11.90.960: Bicycles - Riding on Sidewalks:

(1) A person may ride a bicycle on any sidewalk or any roadway unless restricted or prohibited by traffic control devices.

(2) Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

11.90.970: Unclaimed Bicycles: All unclaimed bicycles in the custody of the police department shall be disposed of as provided in chapter 63.32 RCW. (Ord. 3549 Sec. 1 (part), 1994)

The League of American Bicyclists has provided a digest of the various state laws affecting bicyclists.

These highlights are very handy for cyclists traveling across state lines.