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With more people riding bikes around town than ever before a tipster points to recent discussion on the Spokane Bike-to-work Group on Google. The discussion centers around the issue of people riding their bikes on sidewalks and the 'legalities' of the practice.
One reader dug a little and discovered that the Cascade Bicycle Club had written a piece on the legalities of sidewalk riding in Washington State. For Spokane they found the following:
"Spokane Municipal Code 16.61.787 provides the most detailed language of any of the cities reviewed herein and prohibits bicycle riding on sidewalks within clearly defined sections of the city but allows sidewalk riding in other areas. Spokane Municipal Code 16.04.141 and 16.04.145 clearly define the "congested districts" and "retail zones" where sidewalk riding is prohibited."
According to Spokane's Code riding on the sidewalk is allowed in many locations throughout the city including large sections of downtown. Below is a map of the area that details where riding on the sidewalk is a no-no in Downtown Spokane. The ordinance was adopted in 1995. Sidewalk riding must have reached epic proportions around that time...