List of Cell Phone related driving restrictions

Although the state of Arizona has no specific restrictions on operating a cell phone while driving, several cities and counties have enacted various restrictions on use of cell phones on drivers

Pima County Enacts Texting Ban

Pima county follows action by the cities of Phoenix, and Tucson (see this article for more about Tucson), and Flagstaff as well as Coconino County, with various bans on electronic communications while driving. The state legislature has repeatedly failed to act regarding limits onĀ use of electronic devices while driving. Sheriff Chris Nanos worked diligently with […]

Look Ma, no hands!

So, while you should and must ride under control for safety’s sake, it’s not intrinsically illegal to ride with no hands.

Bicycle Law Enforcement

Police play an essential role in supporting bicycle transportation by enforcing the traffic laws that allow all road users to reach their destinations safely. As bicycle travel has grown in popularity, the public has asked law enforcement to become more involved in bicycling issues. This can present challenges for police, because misconceptions about safe bicycling […]

Stop for School Bus

Don’t forget, that as a bicyclist you have the same rights and responsibilities as the driver of a vehicle; you must STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES when the stop sign/alternately flashing lights are in use…

Overtaking Bicycles and Arizona’s Three Foot law

Motorists overtaking bicyclists in the same direction must do so at a safe distance of not less than three feet. This applies on all streets in all configurations regardless of the position of the bicycle, or the presence or absence of a bicycle lane.

New Yuma Sidewalk Ordinance

The city of Yuma recently adopted sweeping reforms to regulate the operation of bicycles on sidewalks within the city. The subject of legal operation of bicyclists on sidewalks is nearly undefined in state law, and as a result varies dramatically from city to city. Just a tiny sample: Tuscon is generally not allowed at all, […]

Bicycles are not motor vehicles, and why it matters

the phrase motor vehicle is used sparingly and deliberately to apply only to drivers of that type of vehicle, reflecting clear legislative intent.

Triggering Traffic Signals

Triggering “demand” traffic signals by bicycles has been has been a problem for time immemorial… However it looks as though newer technology is creating the opportunity for more effective sensing. In general the best chance you have of triggering a demand signal is to pull up to the stop line in the center of the […]