Bicycle Safety

Washington State Bicycle Laws

Before you venture out, know safe bicycling practices. Learn about bicyclist-related laws, safety tips and the rights and responsibilities you have as a bicyclist on Washington State Department of Transportation’s Bicyclist Laws & Safety website.

Contact your local jurisdiction for information on local bicycle laws.

Smart Cycling Tips

Use these tip sheets to learn more about how to ride safely and perform maintenance on your bike.


WSDOT's webpage lists jurisdictions which require helmets

Riding in the Rain

Learn about visibility, road conditions, traffic, dressing for riding in comfort, and caring for your bike on the City of Portland's tips for biking in the wet, cold, and dark.


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.