Bicycle Safety

Washington State Bicycle Laws

In order to follow the laws, you have to know them. Check out the following resources for more information:
Contact your local jurisdiction for information on local bicycle laws.


WSDOT's webpage lists jurisdictions which require helmets. The Cascade Bike Club offers information on how to ensure your helmet fits properly in their brochure “Your Bicycle Helmet: A Correct Fit.”

Safe Bicycling Practices

Before you venture out, know safe bicycling practices. Check out the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Safety Tips webpage for safe cycling tips and resources.


Whether new to cycling or a seasoned rider, consider taking a class to learn new skills. The Cascade Bicycle Club offers low-cost and free bicycling clinics and maintenance classes for recreational cyclists, event riders, commuters, novice cyclists, seniors, and youth. Visit their education page to sign up.

You can also check with your favorite local bike shop to see if they offer riding or maintenance classes or attend a workshop during Bike Month in May.