4 Overlooked Arizona Bicycle Laws that Can Save Your Life
Did you know that Arizona is the 5th most dangerous state in the nation for bicycle injuries and fatalities? Tucson is the 2nd most dangerous city, even though many think of it as a bicycle-friendly town. If you are one of them then you have to think again. Also, you have to know about the Arizona bicycle laws.
In part, this is because Tucson is still very much designed for motor vehicles. While there are many bike paths, they don’t cover the entire city. Those who wish to use bicycles for their daily commute must usually share the road with motorists, and this can be extremely dangerous.
Top 4 Arizona Bicycle Laws (Rules And Regulation)
Here are four local laws that not all cyclists are aware of. Making sure you observe them can help you protect yourself while you’re out there. If you are looking for a consultation from an expert lawyer then feel free to connect.
#1) The 5-Vehicle Rule
You need to be aware of how many vehicles are behind you. While Arizona law asks that you stay as close to the right hand curb as possible when you’re riding slower than the speed of traffic, the truth is many motorists will be reluctant to go around you.
If you notice more than five vehicles creeping along behind you, pull off the road as soon as it’s safe to do so. Then let the vehicles pass just as soon as it’s safe.
#2) Arm Signals
Turn signals prevent accidents. Your bicycle doesn’t com equipped with them like a car does, but you’re still expected to provide other drivers with information about where you’re intending to go.
Learn the arm signals and use them. Use them every time you turn. Many, many accidents are caused by a failure to use proper turn signals. Here are the official ones from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
#3) Side-By-Side Rides
Riding side-by-side may seem harmless enough. After all, one bike is much smaller than two cars.
Unfortunately, riding side-by-side is both illegal and dangerous. It doesn’t leave you anywhere to go in the event that you need to quickly swerve or get off the road.
It is permissible to do this on bike paths and bike lanes where there is no car traffic, so long as you leave bikes moving in the other direction enough room to pass.
Your bike should have a headlight and reflectors. There’s always the chance you’ll end up riding at night. It’s even necessary to use them if you’re riding at dusk.
The chances that you’ll get into an accident because you have not been seen can be quite high at night. Make sure you give motorists every chance to find you on the road. Again, it’s not just a safety issue, it’s the law.
Your headlight must be white and visible from at least 500 feet. Your rear reflector must be visible from 50 to 300 feet.
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