With National Bike Week here, it’s time to look at how the state of Arizona compares with the rest of the United States in providing bicycle safety laws and promoting the welfare of bicyclists in the state. Overall, Arizona ranks number 19 out of 50 US states in bicycle safety, which is worse than last year’s ranking at number 15 out 50.
- Arizona boasts at least 1% of all commuters traveling by bike, and there is an active share the road campaign in the state.
- All motorists must give bicyclists at least a five foot wide berth when passing.
With an active state advocacy group and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety supporting bicycle programs statewide, the conditions for bicyclists in Arizona are improving.
In 2013, 1,679 cyclists were injured in a bicycle accident, and 30 were killed by drivers. If you have been injured in a bike accident and you need a bike injury attorney, we can help.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety supports bicycle programs that include:
- Budgeting to include the enforcement of bicycle safety laws.
- A bicycle helmet distribution program aimed at children whose families can’t afford this vital piece of safety equipment.
- Proving support for Bike Safety Month every May.
Across Arizona, bicyclists are expected to be safe on the road, which includes having the same rights and responsibilities of people driving a car. Bicyclists have a set of laws they must follow, including:
- stopping at traffic lights and stop signs.
- using a front white headlight and a rear red reflector when riding at dawn, dusk and nighttime.
- stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.
- using hand signals when turning.
- riding with at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
In addition, the bike must include:
- one brake that will make the tires skid when applied.
- a reasonable, regular seat.
If you have been hurt while riding your bike, you may lose time from work. You might have medical bills because of the accident that you can’t afford. You may be permanently disabled. As you deal with your injuries, remember that you must follow all treatment advice, document everything and follow through with treatment. If you are ready to meet with an attorney to discuss your case, call for a free initial consultation.