Arizona Bicycle Laws

Each statute referenced is a link and its full text will open in a pop up window. Here is a version better for printing.

Here is a very large .pdf (27MBytes) of the entire ARS snapped from the azleg.gov website in March 2013 — good for searching (the search tool on azleg.gov leaves a lot to be desired), and for general off-line use. The curious can find the unix script that was used to generate it. There is also a .pdf of just ARS-Title28, from around the 2013 time period that’s only about 1MByte.

For research on other states’ laws, start here: UVC.

7 thoughts on “Arizona Bicycle Laws”

  1. So basically anything that says “motor vehicle” does not refer to bicycles and the word “vehicle” alone can refer to a bicycle?

    I think that rule of thumb would apply to all sections when reviewing this document.

    The section about local authorities being able to make their own rules about bicycles opens up a whole other discussion.

  2. According to ARS 28-101.56, Bicycles are NOT considered vehicles!

    Hi BJ — that is correct! You DID see 28-812, though, didn’t you?

  3. Lol.. i never new that I could get pulled over on a bike, well I did for not stoping at a stop sign…

  4. Can the police give you a ticket for riding on the wrong side of the street but its on the sidewalk??

  5. 2 lane road north-south with only one bike lane on west side without yellow stripe, no bike lane on east side. I don’t feel safe riding on east side going north without designated lane. Is it legal to ride in west bike lane going north? A southbound biker yelled at me when I was in west lane.

  6. I really like the Idaho rules of the road and am sad that AZ doesn’t adopt them. They really are more practical.
    Question, can a driver be cited for unnecessarily honking at a cyclist?
    If the right lane of a two lane road is 10-12 feet (3′ for bike and the 3′ rule ) and a car (average 6.5′ wide) passes a cyclist with their car remaining in the right lane, wouldn’t that technically be grounds for a citation for violating the more than one vehicle per lane statute?

  7. is it illegal to ride on the “wrong side of the road” facing traffic?

    Yes, it is very much illegal, and is much more dangerous, too. When riding in the roadway, bicyclists must follow all the same rules that apply to the driver of a vehicle. The direction of traffic rule is:

    28-721. Driving on right side of roadway;
    A. On all roadways of sufficient width, a person shall drive a vehicle on the right half of the roadway…

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