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Road Rules – Two Way Turn Lanes

These are direct quotes from Washington State RCW 46.61.290 regarding two way turn lanes:

A two-way left turn lane is near the center of the roadway set aside for use by vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway.

Upon a roadway where a center lane has been provided by distinctive […]

Road Rules – Turning on Red Arrow

Q: When is it OK to turn right on a red arrow? Does it matter if there’s more than one lane turning? And is it ever OK for a left turn?

A: Under Washington law, you can turn right on a solid red arrow (the same as a solid red light) provided you come to […]

Get a Grant to Improve Walk/Bike to School Options for Kids

Have an idea for getting more kids to walk and bike to school? Maybe it’s getting crosswalk flags, starting a student safety patrol program, pulling together a Walk to School Day event (which you now have a full year to plan 😉), painting an intersection, or organizing a walking school bus or bike train program. […]

Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

Late 2017/early 2018 SDOT is making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. This Vision Zero spot improvement project is part of SDOT’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city […]

Road Rules – Left Lane Camping

Washington enforces “keep right except to pass” laws. Washington law states, “It is a traffic infraction to drive continuously in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of traffic.” It doesn’t matter if you’re driving the speed limit.

In 2016, Washington state troopers stopped more than 16,000 left-lane campers […]

Road Rules – School Zones

Washington enforces 20 mph speed limits in school zones. Some people contend that the “when children are present” signs create confusion about when the law applies. In the Washington law, “when children are present” refers to children’s proximity to the road.

The reduced speed limit applies when you see children walking along the […]

Update on Safety Improvement Work in Pinehurst

A few weeks ago, Pinehurst Community Council invited Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to have a table at the upcoming Pinehurstfest so they can share their progress on the safety improvement work with the Pinehurst neighbours.

We just received a reply from SDOT. Brian Dougherty, in charge of Pedestrian and Neighbourhood Projects, regretfully turned down […]

Road Rules – Merging for Lane Closure

​​​​​Lane closed ahead. One great big backup, right?

​Not necessarily, says the Washington State Department of Transportation, if you know the right way to merge.

Test your move-over know-how below:

You’re traveling on Interstate 5 when you spot an orange “Lane closed ahead” sign. What’s the right thing to do?

Merge left as soon […]

Road Rules – Turning Left into Which Lane?

Is it legal to turn into the outside curb lane when you turn left onto a four lane road?

A) Yes, it’s legal if you can clearly see that the outside lane is open and no one else is merging into it;

B) Yes, it’s legal as long as you’re turning onto a one-way street.

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