Knowing the laws
It is vital that you understand the laws designed to keep you safe and make your bike riding experience as smooth as possible whenever cycling on public roads. It’s almost guaranteed anyone riding a bike on the road will encounter some form of ‘road rage’ from a passing motorist at some point.
Cyclists and drivers should make themselves as knowledgeable as possible, in order to decrease their liability. Below are a few of the laws.
Arizona State Laws
28-723. Overtaking a vehicle on the left
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of the vehicle at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.
28-735. Overtaking bicycles; civil penalties
A. When overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, a person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet until the motor vehicle is safely past the overtaken bicycle.
B. If a person violates this Section and the violation results in a collision causing:
- Serious physical injury as defined in Section 13-105 to another person, the violator is subject to a civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars.
- Death to another person, the violator is subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars.
C. Subsection B of this Section does not apply to a bicyclist who is injured in a vehicular traffic lane when a designated bicycle lane or path is present and passable.
28-812. Applicability of traffic laws to bicycle riders
A person riding a bicycle on a roadway or on a shoulder adjoining a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this Chapter and Chapters 4 and 5 of this Title, except special rules in this Article and except provisions of this Chapter and Chapters 4 and 5 of this Title that by their nature can have no application.
A complete list can be found at https://www.azleg.state.az.us/arizonarevisedstatutes.asp
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