Share the Road
Show Your Bike Pride and Make Our Streets Feel Bike-Friendly!
Buy a “Share The Road” License Plate, Get a Free One-Year Membership**
Your Share the Road specialty license plate supports safety education statewide to help people cooperate in safe interactions as they bike, drive, and walk.
- When you purchase a Share the Road license plate, $28 of the initial and annual renewal fee supports important bicycle education programs and outreach
- Your purchase enables Washington Bikes to produce and distribute educational materials online and at various events, and to update and distribute bicycle safety curriculum to driver education programs throughout Washington State.
- Your car, motorcycle, or trailer becomes a mini moving billboard to remind everyone around you to look out for others on the streets so we all arrive safely at our destinations.
- Everyone on a bike feels a sense of community with the driver who’s showing bike pride.
**Free Membership Offer with purchase of Share the Road plate is limited to First-Time Member/Supporter who is new to WA Bikes. We’ll need you to let us know your new Share the Road license plate number in order to confirm purchase. With your new-member welcome packet you’ll receive our pocket guide to Washington state bike laws, one of the pieces produced with funding from the Share the Road license plate.
How to Purchase a Washington “Share the Road” License Plate
1. You’ll need the following information to complete your application online with the Dept. of Licensing:
- Current address, phone, and e-mail
- Washington plate number
- Vehicle identification number (last 4 digits only)
- Car make and year
Cost until Dec. 31, 2014 is $67.75 for cars/trucks, $49.75 for motorcycles, and $55.75 for trailers. Fee increase effective Jan. 1, 2015 adds $5 to these costs. We do not receive any additional revenue; this fee supports other transportation programs funded through license plate fees.
Your new permanent Share the Road plates arrive via U.S. mail in 2-3 weeks.
Additional Benefits of “Share the Road” license plate purchase
- Complimentary One-Year Membership (for those who aren’t already members of WA Bikes): With your purchase of a Share the Road license plate, you’ll receive a complimentary one-year individual membership. We’ll need you to let us know your Share the Road license plate number.
- Tax Deduction: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and license plate number, and we’ll send you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
Personalize your Share the Road Plate
Already have a Share the Road license plate? Now you can personalize your plate instead of just being a number. To find out what you can put on your plate and how to get it, check out the Department of Licensing FAQ page.
We Love Pictures!
Send us a photo of your Share the Road license plate, tag #WAbikes if you share it via Instagram, and tag @WAbikes if you share it on Twitter. Your plate could grace a brochure, presentation, or Web page.
Safety and Education Programs Supported by Share the Road License Plate Revenue
Your tax-deductible donation — $28 of every license plate purchase or renewal — supports our safety and education programs, outreach at community events, and educational materials.
These revenues have helped to fund:
- Curriculum development for statewide driver’s education testing programs, used both by Department of Licensing (DOL) and Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), to ensure all new drivers are educated about how to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians. Both bicyclist and pedestrian-related issues are addressed in the 16 test questions that make up a part of the driver’s exam. Each year hundreds of thousands of applicants complete the test.
- Driver’s education materials used for drivers taking remedial driver training due to a traffic infraction.
- Creation and distribution of educational DVDs, a slideshow, and pamphlets and magnets detailing Rules of the Road for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and shared-use trails.
- Safety and education instruction offered by Washington Bikes staff at schools, businesses and communities around the state.
- A pocket guide to Washington bike laws — thousands have been distributed through bike shops, events, and clubs and through workplaces and schools. (Want one? Email info@WAbikes.org to request.)