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Mar 1st 2018, 12:26 PM   #1
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Question Illegal to Push Motorcycle on Sidewalk?

On my way home from work during the peak of rush hour (which I typically avoid) the last couple miles before I get to my house is usually a giant cluster F- of traffic. I have 3 options:
  1. Take the main route (15 minutes)
  2. Take the back route (11 minutes)
  3. Take the back route and push my bike through a mixed-use trail (3 minutes)

In regards to option 3, I can pull into a parking lot, push my bike over ~10 feet of sidewalk and about 30 feet through a mixed-use paved trail, and then come out right into the back of my neighborhood and ride home. It saves me the trouble of sitting through 4 backed-up stoplights which usually take an extra 7-8 minutes.

Is there anything wrong with this? I have never encountered another person on this path before. It saves me a lot of stress lol
Mar 1st 2018, 12:58 PM   #2
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
As far as I'm concerned, once you're off the bike and pushing it, you're a pedestrian. I have a similar situation with my commute sometimes, in which case I'll push my bike along the sidewalk or partially in the bicycle lane. I've gone past multiple cops on different occasions and never had them say anything to me.
Mar 1st 2018, 01:27 PM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675, 1975 Honda CB550K1
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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
As far as I'm concerned, once you're off the bike and pushing it, you're a pedestrian. I have a similar situation with my commute sometimes, in which case I'll push my bike along the sidewalk or partially in the bicycle lane. I've gone past multiple cops on different occasions and never had them say anything to me.
I see no issue either. Once pushed 2.2 miles to a gas station on the sidewalk when I ran out. It was 85 degrees, and i had a full backpack headed home from work. Learned my lesson well, fill up when the light comes on, if it's so equipped! Nothing like pushing a 425lb wheeled paperweight any distance.

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Mar 1st 2018, 01:44 PM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by albatrosscafe
On my way home from work during the peak of rush hour (which I typically avoid) the last couple miles before I get to my house is usually a giant cluster F- of traffic. I have 3 options:
  1. Take the main route (15 minutes)
  2. Take the back route (11 minutes)
  3. Take the back route and push my bike through a mixed-use trail (3 minutes)

In regards to option 3, I can pull into a parking lot, push my bike over ~10 feet of sidewalk and about 30 feet through a mixed-use paved trail, and then come out right into the back of my neighborhood and ride home. It saves me the trouble of sitting through 4 backed-up stoplights which usually take an extra 7-8 minutes.

Is there anything wrong with this? I have never encountered another person on this path before. It saves me a lot of stress lol
Push hell.... I would ride it at idle. Of course, I'm the kind of dick that will park beside - but not block - the bicycle rack at an ATM.
Mar 1st 2018, 02:52 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Originally Posted by fiveohford
I see no issue either. Once pushed 2.2 miles to a gas station on the sidewalk when I ran out. It was 85 degrees, and i had a full backpack headed home from work. Learned my lesson well, fill up when the light comes on, if it's so equipped! Nothing like pushing a 425lb wheeled paperweight any distance.

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Mar 1st 2018, 03:33 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
a good friend once got a ticket for driving without a license for sitting on his bike in front of his house..no key in the ignition and natch it wasn't running...it was thrown out by the judge...the cop knew his license was suspended and just wanted to fuck with him...
Mar 1st 2018, 03:40 PM   #7
 
  Nov 2017
  Vancouver, WA

  2006 GSXR-1000
I would take my chances and just ride it through lol! to hell with pushing!
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Mar 1st 2018, 03:52 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Things to consider whether you decide to push or ride thru there:

1) typical LEO presence in the area
2) presence of douche bag residents who would narc on you potentially changing the above variable

An assessment of both should help you decide if the risk is worth the reward. Undoubtedly riding thru would get you fines if caught. I doubt pushing thru would be an issue unless complaints by said douche bags are made.

Also, while not mentioned, the presence of any signage stating the prohibition of motorized vehicles could be the deal killer.
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Mar 1st 2018, 05:12 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
Also, while not mentioned, the presence of any signage stating the prohibition of motorized vehicles could be the deal killer.
I'd think the restriction on motorized vehicles wouldn't apply if you were pushing it.
Mar 1st 2018, 05:41 PM   #10
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  May 2016
  The Socialist Republic of Seattle

  SV650 X 2
To play it safe, just disconnect the ground strap off the battery. Claim the motorcycle is disabled and tell Barney Fife that it's always safer to push a motorcycle on the sidewalk than on a public road.
Mar 1st 2018, 05:51 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

I had a cop yell at me on the loud speaker to push my bike on the side walk when I ran out of gas and was pushing it up the side of the street in a bike lane essentially. Well maybe he didn’t yell, but it came across as such through his vehicles amplification system. Gave him a little helmeted salute and used a drive way to get it up on the side walk. I would imagine he would yell the opposite if there were a number of people on the side walk, or if he had first seen me on the sidewalk.
Mar 1st 2018, 07:31 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Mixed use trail? Is there any signs stating no motor vehicles? If not I would think you could ride it but don't be a dick about it. Otherwise walking your bike should be fine.
Mar 2nd 2018, 05:17 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Here's some interesting reading for you. I did not dig deeply through it, as, well I'm lazy.
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