I was pulled over on Hwy 509 today, thats the one that runs from des moines - burien area to seattle. First of all I know a bunch of you out there will say it is stupid to ride on a hwy but Ive been wanting to try it to eliminate some of the stop and go traffic I deal with daily. I have seen a few other bikers on that hwy before but wasnt sure it ws leagal until this morning when I found a list of hwys closed to cyclist in the greater seattle area on the Washington DOT site. Low and behold 509 wasnt on the list so off I went. I made it 300 feet up the ramp at normandy park and a cop pulled over, after explaining the information I had found the officer agreed to research the rules and get back to me, she was very understanding and fair. Well, she called me and explained that she had asked 2 bike cops , and called base and they both said that it was NOT leagal to ride on 509. But, she continued, after researching it further found that I was correct, it was infact leagal and I should carry a copy of the DOT site on my bike to avoid future problems, as she predicted I would have.
So, anyone fealing daring enough can give it a go, and by the way 509 has EXTRA LARGE shoulder and little traffic, so as hwys go it should be safe enough. I do expect that this could change in the future but for now its 100% leagal, I also noticed that hwy 167 is not on the list but that one seems sketchy.
anyway thats my commuting story for today