A refresher on bike and pedestrian safety tips

Bellingham is one of the nation's friendliest towns for bicyclists and pedestrians. Tourists and locals enjoy our many trails on and off the pavement. On foot or by bike is one of the best ways to see the town and get to where you want to go.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as we all start to get out and enjoy the coming spring.

  • While there's not a law mandating helmet usage in Washington State or Bellingham, it's a good idea to use one every time you ride. 
  • Cross in cross walks. Although many Bellingham drivers stop for jaywalkers, by law, pedestrians must obey traffic signals and traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.
  • Cars can't drive on sidewalks. If you're walking next to the road, stay on the sidewalk. If you have to share the road, make sure you keep to the left side of the roadway or on its shoulder, walking into the direction of traffic so drivers can see you. Bicyclists and motorists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks.
  • Jaywalkers, take heed. When crossing a roadway at any part of the road besides within the marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, pedestrians must yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

But I followed all the rules, and still was injured! What now?

Things happen. Even if you follow all the laws and use common sense, you can still be injured. Sometimes fault is very clear, other times it's not. Even if you might be partially to blame, it's still a good idea to contact me for a free consultation. With my decades of experience and knowledge of the intricacies of personal injury law, I can help you recover compensation you deserve. It costs you nothing to talk to me about your case. Call me at (360) 392-2833 and set up a time to meet me at my downtown Bellingham office. 

Further reading: 

Tips for motorists on sharing the road with bicycles

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