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arizona bicycle laws

According to Arizona State law, cyclists have the very same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Respect for the rights of ALL roadway users will help you feel good about yourself and avoid accidents too.

  • Give 3 Feet to a cyclist (ARS 28-735)

  • Stop for traffic lights and stop signs (ARS 28-644)     

  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks (ARS 28-792 and 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

  • 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)



  • Every person riding a bicycle must have a regular seat to sit on (ARS 28-813)

  • Always use a white headlight and a red rear reflector when you cycle after sunset or before sunrise (ARS 28-817)

  • Every bicycle must have at least one brake that will make the wheel skid when applied (ARS 28-817

  • 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)

  • You may not attach your bicycle to, or hold onto, another vehicle on the roadway

  • (ARS 28-814)

  • Riding two abreast is permitted by law (ARS 28-815)


Special conditions that affect cyclists more than motorists are recognized in the law (ARS 28-815)


  • You may ride far enough from the road edge to stay clear of surface debris, potholes, rough pavement, drain grates, and pavement joints, as well as to avoid pedestrians, dogs, parked vehicles, and other objects. 

  • You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist behind you.

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