Arizona Bicycle Safety Tips: Your Guide to Riding Safely
Arizona residents have the benefit to enjoy outdoor activities such as; hiking, camping, running, biking, picnics and more year round. For those of you that enjoy riding bikes, knowing and understanding Arizona bike laws will help in keeping you safe and responsible on the road.
Arizona Bicycle Laws
- Stop for traffic lights and stop signs.
- Always use white headlight and red rear reflector when you cycle after sunset or before sunrise.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks.
- Before you turning or change lanes, look behind you, signal to show your plan to turn or change lanes, and yield to any traffic already there.
- Signal your turns by extending either your left arm for a left turn or your right arm for a right turn.
Bicycle Safety Tips
- Before using your bicycle make sure it is ready to ride. Inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.
- Always wear fluorescent or bright color clothing when riding during the day.
- Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
- Remember, always wear a bicycle helmet. It could save your life.
- Avoid riding at night. It is far more dangerous than riding during the day. If you have to ride at night, wear something that reflects light.
- Stay alert at all times. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
- Ride your bicycle so other drivers can see you. Be sure to ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars.
For more information on bike safety visit AZ.gov.