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Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28
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Knowing the Rules of the Road is Your Responsibility!
  • Laws are the same for bikes and cars
  • You must sit on or be astride the bike seat
  • One person on a bike unless there is a child seat
  • Never grab and ride with a moving car
  • When with a group ride single file
  • Keep hands on handlebars at all times
  • If riding in the dark the bike must have a headlight
  • The bike must have brakes that work

  • A Police Officer can stop an unsafe bike or one breaking the law and issue a TRAFFIC TICKET.

    Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28

    28-121. Violation; classification; exception; civil traffic violation; penalty assessment
    A violation of or failure or refusal to do or perform an act or thing required by chapter 3, 5, 7 or 8, chapter 9, article 4 or chapter 10, article 10 of this title is a civil traffic violation unless the statute defining the violation provides for a different classification. Civil traffic violations are subject to chapter 5, articles 3 and 4 of this title.116.01 and 12-116.02.

    28-812. Applicability of traffic laws to bicycle riders
    A person riding a bicycle on a roadway or on a shoulder adjoining a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter and chapters 4 and 5 of this title, except special rules in this article and except provisions of this chapter and chapters 4 and 5 of this title that by their nature can have no application.

    28-813. Riding on bicycles

    1. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than on or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle.
    2. A person shall not use a bicycle to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

    28-815. Riding on roadway and bicycle path; bicycle path usage

    1. A person riding a bicycle on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations:
      1. If overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
      2. If preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
      3. If reasonably necessary to avoid conditions, including fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals or surface hazards.
      4. If the lane in which the person is operating the bicycle is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
    2. Persons riding bicycles on a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
    3. A path or lane that is designated as a bicycle path or lane by state or local authorities is for the exclusive use of bicycles even though other uses are permitted pursuant to subsection D or are otherwise permitted by state or local authorities.
    4. A person shall not operate, stop, park or leave standing a vehicle in a path or lane designated as a bicycle path or lane by a state or local authority except in the case of emergency or for crossing the path or lane to gain access to a public or private road or driveway.
    5. Subsection D does not prohibit the use of the path or lane by the appropriate local authority.

    28-814. Clinging to vehicle
    A person riding on a bicycle, coaster, sled or toy vehicle or on roller skates shall not attach the bicycle, coaster, sled, toy vehicle or roller skates or that person to a vehicle on a roadway.

    28-816. Carrying article on bicycle
    A person shall not carry a package, bundle or article while operating a bicycle if the package, bundle or article prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.

    28-817. Bicycle equipment

    1. A bicycle that is used at nighttime shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear of a type that is approved by the department and that is visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when the reflector is directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A bicycle may have a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear in addition to the red reflector.
    2. A person shall not operate a bicycle that is equipped with a siren or whistle.
    3. A bicycle shall be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.


    • Bike helmets are an essential element to bicycle safety.
    • Always strap on an approved safety helmet before you ride.
    • Don't ride double.
    • Never go in and out of traffic.
    • Don't weave between parked cars or go between two cars.
    • Ride near the curb in the same direction of traffic.
    • Obey traffic signs and signals.
    • Keep your bike in good shape.
    • Make eye contact with drivers and DRIVE DEFENSIVELY!! Assume that other drivers don't see you.
    • Keep both hands on the handlebars. (Don't talk on your cell phone, eat or drink while operating a bicycle.)
    • Use lights at night.
    • Keep bike in good repair
    • Dress appropriately.


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