Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: This rule will edit existing language, updating terms and phrases to accurately reflect current national practices associated with traffic control for bicycle races utilizing state highways.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 468-400-010, 468-400-020, 468-400-030, and 468-400-040.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.36.030.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-20-153 on October 6, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 15, 2010.
Stephen T. Reinmuth
Chief of Staff
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 171, filed 2/26/98, effective 3/29/98)
WAC 468-400-010 Policy. It is the policy of the Washington state department of transportation (department) to permit bicycle racing on state highways in accordance with the conditions and regulations set forth in this ((
and the latest edition of the "Washington State Bicycle Racing
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05 and 34.08 RCW. 98-06-029 (Order 171), § 468-400-010, filed 2/26/98, effective 3/29/98.]
(1) Duathlon, triathlon, or multisport event. ((
Duathlons, triathlons, or multisport (( race)) events are
competitions in which bicycle racing forms an essential
component (( of the complete event)). The bicycle race portion
of these events is conducted similar to a time trial.
(2) Time trial. Time trials are events in which individuals or small teams of riders, separately ride the same route and distance for elapsed time. Time trials are generally started at preset intervals and held on an out-and-back or circuit course.
(3) Criterium. Criteriums are massed start, high speed
bicycle race events in which riders race around a closed
circuit course to compete for order of finish. Criteriums are
usually held on closed urban or suburban public streets. The
course is normally one-half to one mile ((
in length)) long.
(4) Road race. Road races are massed start events in
which riders complete a race course for order of finish. The
course may be point-to-point, a large circuit, or repeated
laps of a shorter circuit. Road races are usually held on
rural or suburban roads, but may also ((
take place on))
utilize urban streets.
(5) Rolling enclosure. A rolling enclosure is a type of
traffic control where escort vehicles form ((
a)) an enclosed
caravan for the exclusive use of bicyclists, by leading and
following a group of racers. The enclosure (( sets aside a
moving part of)) moves along the roadway in the direction of
the race (( for exclusive use of bicyclists)). Racers inside
the enclosure are not required to follow the normal rules of
the road but are controlled by the rules set forth in the
"Washington State Bicycle Racing Guidelines." Racers are not
allowed to cross the (( center line)) roadway centerline unless
the entire road is traffic controlled. A rolling enclosure is
the typical traffic control (( used to run)) strategy for a
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05 and 34.08 RCW. 98-06-029 (Order 171), § 468-400-020, filed 2/26/98, effective 3/29/98.]
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05 and 34.08 RCW. 98-06-029 (Order 171), § 468-400-030, filed 2/26/98, effective 3/29/98.]
(2) Bicycle race permit requests must include a race
description stating all the pertinent information required to
understanding the bicycle race event. The request must
include a map showing the roadway on which the race will be
held. Applications must specify the number of escort vehicles
on the roadway used to ((
run a)) conduct the race, starting
and anticipated (( finish)) finishing time, maximum number of
racers, number and training of course marshals, types of
signing, and communications equipment.
(3) Approval of other involved jurisdictions shall be
obtained prior to formal issuance of a bicycle race permit
from the ((
(4) If the race only crosses a state highway, the
WSDOT)) department region administrator may waive the need
for a bicycle race permit provided the permittee can show that
reasonable traffic control and safety are provided by the
organizer and other road authority: Provided further, That
the permittee provide the indemnification and liability
insurance prescribed in subsections (6) and (7) of this
(5) Bicycle racing will not normally be allowed on the Interstate Highway System.
(6) The permittee shall indemnify, defend and save harmless the state of Washington for any claim, suit, action for injuries, death or any other cause of personal injury or property damage arising from the issuance of a bicycle race permit, including claims of race participants, pedestrians, or other roadway users.
(7) The permittee shall obtain liability insurance in an
amount no less than ((
one)) two million dollars to cover the
state of Washington for any and all liabilities, including all
costs, attorney fees, judgments or other expenses, arising
(( out of)) from the use of state highways for the bicycle race
event. The state shall be named as an additional insured on
all insurance policies. When motor vehicles participate
during the event, liability insurance for those vehicles is
(8) When five or more vehicles are lined up behind a bicycle race and delayed for more than five minutes, the bicycle race shall be neutralized at a place of safety to allow the delayed vehicles to pass.
(9) Requests for bicycle race permits must comply with
current WSDOT)) latest edition of the department's
"Washington State Bicycle Racing Guidelines."
(10) The original or certified copy of the permit must be available at the bicycle race for the duration of the bicycle race event.
Copies of)) The "Washington State Bicycle Racing
Guidelines" may be obtained from the (( WSDOT bicycle and
pedestrian program or a WSDOT region office)) department's web
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05 and 34.08 RCW. 98-06-029 (Order 171), § 468-400-040, filed 2/26/98, effective 3/29/98.]