Question: I have a small, vintage 90cc motorbike that’s licensed for the road. Top speed is about 45 miles per hour.
I’m thinking about taking it over to the LeMay-America's Car Museum for their antique bike show this summer, but the trip over from Gig Harbor presents some safety issues.
There’s no way I would drive it on state Route 16 across the toll bridge with its 60 mph speed limit — too dangerous with the possibility of getting run down.
So, I was thinking: Would it be legal to drive it to the bridge on the side streets, walk it across the bridge on the sidewalk and then re-enter the side streets to motor it to the museum?
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Obviously I would be skipping the toll, but technically I would just be walking a “bike” across on the sidewalk, right? — Randy Mueller, Gig Harbor
Answer: It looks like you’re good to go, Randy.
As far as I can tell, no restrictions specifically prohibit pushing a motorbike across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the pedestrian/bike path. Apparently, the question has never come up.
“I can see no reason why the gentleman can’t dismount and walk his motorbike across the bridge, toll-free,” state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said after researching the issue.
You’ll save the $5.50 toll ($6 after July 1), and you’ll have a much better chance of making it across alive.