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Bicycle Traffic Laws

City of Tucson Bicycle Laws

SEC. 5-1. Bicycles parked on a public sidewalk or street must not hinder either pedestrian or vehicles, and must allow access to adjacent property. It shall be unlawful to park a bicycle upon any public sidewalk or street in a manner that substantially impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic or obstructs access to public or private facilities.

SEC.-2. Riding on sidewalks, pedestrian paths, and through underpasses.
    (A) It is unlawful to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk or pedestrian path unless a sign says it is permitted.

    (B) It is unlawful to ride a bicycle through an underpass, when a sign is posted, prohibiting bicycle riding there.
SEC. 5-3. Enforcement. Violation of these City ordinances is a civil infraction, subject to a fine of up to $25.00 (twenty-five dollars).

SEC. 20-29. (1) Bicycle helmets. Every person under the age of 18 riding a bicycle as an operator or a passenger, or riding in a trailer towed by a bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet.

Please refer to City of Tucson Code for exact wording.

Arizona Bicycle Laws

ARS 28-735:
When passing a bicyclist, drivers must come no closer than three feet.

ARS 28-756: Bicyclists may signal right turns with their right arm and hand extended to the right.

ARS 28-813:. Every person on a bicycle must have a regular seat to sit on.

ARS 28-814: Bicyclists must not hold on to, or attach their bicycles to another vehicle.

ARS 28-815: (A) Bicycles, the same as all slow moving vehicles, must be as far to the right of the road as is practical and safe. Bicyclists may move away from the right side of the road:
    1) to pass other vehicles,
    2) to avoid parked cars, debris, and other obstacles,
    3) to make left hand turns, and
    4) to allow only safe overtaking by other vehicles (when a lane is too narrow to safely share with another vehicle.)
(B) Bicyclists may ride no more than two side-by-side, except in locations exclusively for bicycle use.

ARS 28-816: Bicyclists must always have at least one hand on the handlebars.

ARS 28-817: A) Any bicycle used at night must have at least a white headlight visible up to 500 feet away and a red reflector visible up to 300 feet away. (B) Bicycles may not be equipped with sirens or whistles. (C) Every bicycle must have at least one brake in good working order.

Please refer to Arizona Revised Statues for exact wording.

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