Those ‘Except Bikes’ signs below Right Turn Only signs at WarrenSeptember 11th, 2013 by travis baker
The in basket: Daniel Crall e-mailed to say, “In Bremerton at
Fourth Street and Warren Avenue, the city built a center divider so
that a car can not turn left. However, there is a sign that
that ‘Bikes’ may turn left. Does this mean bicycles or motorcycles?”
The out basket: The signs actually say a right turn only is permitted, with an arrow, but with a second sign, “Except Bikes” just below.
They are on both Fourth and Fifth streets on both sides of Warren.
Gunnar Fridriksson of the city street engineers says, “This allows bicycles to go straight through on Fourth and Fifth streets. Otherwise, the bicyclists would be subject to citation.”
I asked Gunnar if a left turn by a bicyclist passing through the median barrier would be permitted, and he said he believes that would be permitted. I also asked if any kind of motorized two-wheeler, from motorcycles to motorized scooters, could take advantage of the exception, and he said no. But the final call would be by a law enforcement officer who witnessed what was done.
Gunnar also said a businessman with a view of the barrier from atop the large glass office building there tells him he occasionally sees cars squeeze through the crosswalk gaps in the barrier. That, of course, is illegal.