Regulations for Bicycling and Driving with Bicyclists
Selected provisions of the Seattle Traffic Code, by Section Number
A. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, gas motorized foot scooters may be operated on roadways, shoulders, and alleys, but not on sidewalks, bicycle lanes, or public paths.
B. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters may be operated on roadways, shoulders, sidewalks, and alleys, but not on bicycle lanes, or public paths. Where an arterial street contains a sidewalk, EPAMDs shall be operated only upon the sidewalk and not upon the roadway or shoulder. An EPAMD shall not be operated upon the roadway or shoulder of any highway where the speed limit is greater than 35 miles per hour.
C. EPAMDs and motorized foot scooters are subject to limitations imposed by SMC Title 18 on the use of motorized vehicles in parks.
D. Neither EPAMDs nor motorized foot scooters may be operated on public school playfields or public school playgrounds.
E. The provisions of this section limiting the use of EPAMDs and/or
electric motorized foot scooters in parks or on sidewalks, bicycle
lanes, public paths, public school playfields, or public school
playgrounds do not apply to an EPAMD or electric motorized foot
scooter when that device is operated by a person with a mobility
impairment caused by a physical disability who uses that device to
enhance that person's mobility.
SMC 11.46.030 Noise.
A. Every gas motorized foot scooter shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.
B. The use of a cutout, bypass, or similar muffler elimination device, is prohibited on any gas motorized foot scooter.
C. The provisions SMC Chapter 25.08 apply to motorized foot scooters
and EPAMDs, neither of which shall be deemed "motor vehicles" within
the meaning of SMC Chapter 25.08.
SMC 11.46.040 Application to other devices.
The provisions of this chapter regarding motorized foot scooters, gas
motorized foot scooters, and/or electric motorized foot scooters apply
to any device that: (1) matches the definition of a motorized foot
scooter, gas motorized foot scooter, and/or electric motorized foot
scooter except for the size of the device's wheels; and (2) cannot be
defined as a motor-driven cycle, a moped, an electric-assisted
bicycle, or a motorcycle.
SMC 11.46.050 Responsibility.
No person shall do any act forbidden by this chapter or fail to perform any act required in this chapter. The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.
SMC 11.46.020 Rules of operation.
Subject to the limitations on areas of operation contained in Section 11.46.010, the following rules of operation apply to EPAMDs and/or
A. Every motorized foot scooter shall be equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
B. Every motorized foot scooter when in use at anytime from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible at a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the State Patrol that shall be visible from all distances up to six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.
C. No person under sixteen years of age may operate a gas motorized foot scooter on a roadway, shoulder or alley.
D. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, operators of gas motorized foot scooters shall have the same rights and duties as operators of bicycles.
E. Speed-limited zones for EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters.
(1) The Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (Director) is authorized to designate speed-limited zones for EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters.
(2) Speed-limited zones shall be those areas where, in the professional judgment of the Director:
(a) congested pedestrian or nonmotorized traffic is present;
(b) without a speed limit, a significant speed differential would exist between pedestrians or nonmotorized traffic and EPAMD or electric motorized foot scooter traffic, and
(c) without a speed limit, the presence of EPAMD or electric motorized foot scooter traffic could endanger public safety.
(3) The Director is also authorized, in the professional judgement of the Director, to establish times during which certain areas will be deemed speed-limited zones.
(4) When within a designated speed-limited zone, EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters shall not be operated at a speed in excess of five miles per hour upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, or pedestrian zone.
F. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, operators of EPAMDs and electric motorized foot scooters shall have the same rights and duties as:
(1) operators of bicycles when upon any portion of a highway except a sidewalk, crosswalk, or pedestrian zone; and
(2) pedestrians when upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, or pedestrian zone.
G. At all times, operators of motorized foot scooters and operators of EPAMDs shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and human-powered devices and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian or human-powered device.
H. Any person operating a motorized foot scooter shall wear a protective helmet designed for bicycle safety.
I. No motorized foot scooter or EPAMD shall be operated with any passenger or other person in addition to the operator.
Section 11.44.010 WHERE REGULATIONS APPLY. These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street, alley or way open to the public, subject to those exceptions stated herein.
Show courtesy to other trail users at all times.
Use the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
Always pass on the left.
Respect the rights of property owners.
Keep dogs on leash (maximum length 8 feet) and remove pet feces from trail.
Municipal Code 11.44.120, County Code and State Code. You are responsible for the safe operation of your vehicle under City, County, and State Codes.
Yield to pedestrians.
Give audible warning when passing pedestrians or other bicyclists.
Ride at a safe speed. Slow down and form a single file in congested conditions, reduced visibility, and other hazardous conditions.
Stay to the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
Watch for other trail users.
Be especially alert when running.
Listen for audible signals and allow faster trail users (runners and bicyclists) to pass safely.
See selected provisions of the Seattle traffic code for more information.
Have you "outgrown" the Burke Gilman Trail?
If you travel faster than congested conditions on the trail safely permit, try the alternate signed route on Sand Point Way NE. If you are ready to explore the great network of on-street riding opportunities, we suggest you call the Cascade Bicycle Club Hotline. By meeting other cyclists and improving your skills, you can expand the range and safety of your cycling. The Hotline can help you find out about local rides, bicycling events, and classes. Call 522-BIKE for a recorded message, and to leave your message.
For more information about the Seattle Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, call (206) 684-7583.