Here in Washington State, the Department of Transportation adopted the 2003 recommendations in 2005. Until such time as the WSDOT adopts the improvements to the MUTCD, cities and counties can choose to follow the national guidance except on state routes.
NOTEWORTHY CHANGES FOR BICYCLISTS
The MUTCD has over 700 pages but Part 9 is of particular interest to cyclists. Some highlights include:
- The use of regulatory signs for bike lanes are no longer mandatory but recommended;
- Standards for sign height and offset on shared-use trails have been revised to allow for greater flexibility;
- New signs have been created for specific types of road and path users like skaters and eqestrians; and particularly noteworthy is the following:
- For locations where a travel lane is too narrow for a bicyclists and a motor vehicle to travel side by side, there is a new "Bikes May Use Full Lane" regulatory sign that can be posted to remind road users of bicyclists' legal right to the lane without crowding. To see all of the new signs allowed including "full lane" check it out on page 793: http//mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/pdfs/2009/part9.pdf