Stop Oak Harbor from making biking unsafe

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CALL FOR ACTION to ALL WHIDBEY BIKERS

COME TO OAK HARBOR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY – JANUARY 6TH at 6pm to support safe biking

865 SE Barrington Dr. Oak Harbor, Washington MAP

The City of Oak Harbor is planning to review and update their regulations for bikes and biking on their downtown streets at their City Council Meeting tomorrow night.

WIBC’s members have cycled on the sidewalk, of the soon to be new restricted areas, in the past with their families.  Our bikers ride on the sidewalk for safety, not tickets.

Blanket restrictions on bicycling in downtown Oak Harbor should be questioned and carefully considered by those who bike, especially those who ride with their kids.   Please come to the meeting.

WIBC feels the city should address a safe cycling buffer along Pioneer Way between the shopping district and the marina before they restrict cycling on the sidewalk.

WHIDBEY BIKERS RIDE FOR SAFETY NOT TICKETS

LET’S SPEAK UP

WIBC 3 Oak Harbor Ordinance Bikes

WIBC’s families have traveled the sidewalk many times in the past while riding the Water Front Trail.

WIBC 4 Oak Harbor Ordinance Bikes

Blanket restrictions on bicycling in downtown Oak Harbor should be questioned
WIBC 1 Oak Harbor Ordinance Bikes
Our bikers ride on the sidewalk for safety, not tickets
WIBC 2 Oak Harbor Ordinance Bikes

You can find the documents you see about at this link
Please come to the Oak Harbor City Council meeting to voice your concern 
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Tuesday – January6, 2014 – 6pm
 856 Barrington, Oak Harbor, Washington MAP 
Thank you
WHO ALLOWS BIKES ON SIDEWALKS 

SEATTLE

Section 11.44.120 RIDING ON A SIDEWALK OR PUBLIC PATH.  Every person operating a bicycle upon any sidewalk or public path shall operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and a rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and proper under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of sidewalk or public path, and condition of surface, and shall obey all traffic control devices.  Every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or public path shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian thereon, and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian. – Seattle, Washington

KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Question: Is bicycling allowed on sidewalks?

Answer:

Yes. When riding on any sidewalk or crosswalk a bicycle rider has all of the rights and responsibilities of any pedestrian (RCW 46.61.755).

The rider of a bicycle must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk or crosswalk (RCW 46.61.261).

http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Roads/SafetyTips/TrafficLaws.aspx

BELLEVUE

Bellevue bicyclists can ride on the sidewalk unless this would “unreasonably inconvenience pedestrians.” [BMC 11.60.070]

Washington State RCW

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.755

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