Bike Safety in Arizona Bike Safety and Laws According to Arizona State law, cyclists have the very same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Respect for the rights of ALL road users will help you feel good about yourself and avoid accidents too. Most crashes between motorists and cyclists happen at intersections. Most often, when the motorist is at fault, it is because they failed to yield the right-of-way to the cyclist. This usually happens when you turn left in front of a cyclist, or pull out from a stop sign or driveway into a cyclist’s path. Arizona Bicycle Laws ARS 28-644
Partner Frances Lynch will be speaking next week in Maui about bicycle collision cases to the Western Trial Lawyers Association. Riding a bike can be fun and one of the best forms of exercise but when a collision occurs, it can result in serious injury and death. Almost all serious bicycle collisions involving autos are right-of-way violations where a motor vehicle fails to yield to the slower bicycle. Cyclists are not always the easiest to spot and while these collisions are seldom intentional, they usually can be traced to the driver’s negligence in not paying attention. One of
Pima County sponsors a number of different bike safety classes including classes designed specifically for children and university students. All classes are conducted by L.A.B. League cycling instructors, and free bike safety items such as helmets, bike lights, and u-locks are often included with participation. See the schedule for Bike Safety Classes.
The Pima County Department of Transportation's (PCDOT) Bicycle & Pedestrian Program will offer mountain bike classes, mechanics, women's mechanics, and Bicycle Information for Kid's Education classes. Instructors certified through the League of American Bicyclists will lead the courses, most of which are limited in space. Call 724-BIKE (2453) to find out more about the classes and to sign up. Participants must bring their own bikes. The following is the class schedule, provided by the PCDOT: Get Back on Your Bike classes: an easy 2-hour ride where we get you set up and read
As many of you know, over the weekend one of our attorneys was involved in a major bicycle wreck. The good news is that he is home recovering. He was riding in a pace line at close to 25 mph. As the group approached a controlled intersection, the first rider in the pace line stopped for a yellow/red light, and our favorite cyclist went over the handle bars landing on his head and left shoulder. He destroyed the bicycle helmet he was wearing and cracked it all the way through. He broke a couple posterior ribs, his left clavicle was in pieces, he broke his wrist and had severe road