Phoenix — Much of the state has excellent bicycle riding weather year-round. Sharing the road with cyclists has not come without incident. Statistics show hundreds of cyclists are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year across the nation.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) investigates numerous crashes involving bicycles each year across the state and wants the public to understand a few things about sharing the road with bicyclists.
- Cyclists have the legal right to ride on roads and streets
- Cyclists must obey the same traffic laws that motorists do
- Motorists must treat cyclist’s right-of-way the same as other motorists
- Courtesy and patience works both ways and ensures safety
AZDPS and cycling professionals highly recommend the use of bright clothing, safety helmets, video recording devices and riding in groups of two or more cyclists. Also, the use of bright LED lights has proven to provide visibility from a distance of a mile.
Applicable Traffic Laws:
Stop for traffic lights and stop signs, ARS 28-644
Always use a white headlight and a red rear reflector when you cycle after sunset or before sunrise, ARS 28-817
Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks, ARS 28-792 ARS 28-904
Before you turn or change lanes, look behind you, signal to show your plan to turn or change lanes, and yield to any traffic already there. Cyclists may signal their turns by extending either their left arm for a left turn or their right arm for a right turn, ARS 28-756
Any vehicle moving slower than the normal traffic speed shall drive in the right-hand lane, or “as close as PRACTICABLE” to the right edge of the road, except when preparing to turn left or when passing, ARS 28-815, ARS 28-721
Any vehicle on a two-lane road that has five or more vehicles behind it must pull off at the first safe pullout to allow the vehicles behind to proceed, ARS 28-704
Special conditions that affect cyclists more than motorists are recognized in the law, ARS 28-815
Riding two abreast is permitted by law, ARS 28-815
Every person riding a bicycle must have a regular seat to sit on, ARS 28-813
You may not attach your bicycle to, or hold onto, another vehicle on the roadway, ARS 28-814
You may ride no more than two side-by-side, except on exclusive bike paths, ARS 28-815
You must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times, ARS 28-816
Every bicycle that is used at night time shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of 500 feet and a red reflector the rear. Every bicycle must have at least one brake that will make the braked wheel skid when applied, ARS 28-817