Washington's New Law for Cyclists

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Oct 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Due to a change in the law, starting October 1, 2020, bicycle riders in Washington will no longer be required to stop at stop signs. The new statute (SB 6208) will instead allow riders to treat almost all stop signs as yield signs. Riders approaching stop signs will still need to slow, look around, and yield to any pedestrians and cars that have already reached the intersection. But if no one else is close, a rider may now legally roll through a stop sign. Full stops are still required at stoplights, stop signs on school buses, and at railroad crossing stop signs. The law does not change the rules of the road for scooters.

My partner, Brad Thayer, wrote more in-depth about this topic when the law changed similarly recently in Oregon here.

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Scott A. Staples

Scott Staples came on board in 2006 as a clerk during law school, and joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2007. He was made a shareholder in the firm in 2010. Scott graduated, cum laude, from Washington State University Vancouver with a BA in English, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law, with cum laude honors there as well. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of different types of injury cases, including auto collisions, premises liability, animal attacks, watercraft accidents, and construction site injuries. He has appeared, and won, before the Washington State Supreme Court (Weismann v. Safeco, 2012). Scott has volunteered time for the past several years at the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Housing Justice Project. He has previously served on the new member and membership committees for the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and has acted as chair and co-chair of the WSAJ Clark County Roundtable. He is a member of the Washington and Oregon State Bar Associations, WSAJ and OTLA (state trial lawyer organizations), and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon. Scott was born and raised in Vancouver, attending Vancouver public schools and graduating from Hudson's Bay High School. He enjoys playing recreational basketball and softball, skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children.


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