What Are The Laws For Bicycle Helmets And Other Protective Gear In Arizona?

Bicycling is very popular among the residents of Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it is for fun, or to commute to school or work, you’ll see a lot of bicyclists around especially on sunny days. Bicycling remains a popular means of transport throughout the metro area in Phoenix. Just like there are safety laws in place for automobile drivers, there are safety laws in place for bicyclists as well in Arizona. These laws require bicycle riders to wear helmets, other protective gear, and safety equipment while riding. Although many riders make an effort to wear helmets, others fail to do so, leading to pretty serious injuries as well as fatalities. Therefore, it is important for bike riders to follow Arizona’s bicycle laws to stay protected.

Importance of wearing a Bicycle Helmet

According to statistics, bicycle accidents claim around 25 lives every year in Arizona, as published in a report by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. There is no federal law requiring the use of helmets for bicyclists, but different states and cities have local laws in place. For example, the Arizona bicycle helmet enforcement law, started in 1993 in Tucson, was the first one requiring the use of helmets for bicycle riders. The law was put in place for riders under the age of 18 years. Soon, cities including Flagstaff, Sierra Vista, Yuma, and Pima County followed after Tucson. Some states and cities require riders of motor scooters, off-road bikes, inline skates and skateboards to wear helmets, but there is hardly any state that requires bicycle riders over the age of 18 years to wear a helmet.

Safety Laws in Arizona for Bicycle Riders

ARS 28-813, ARS 28-814, and ARS 28-817 of the Arizona Revised Statutes define the laws applicable to bicycle riders in Arizona. There are several other statues in place for bicycle riders.

ARS 28-813 requires bicyclists to only ride a bicycle with a properly mounted seat and not to use a bicycle to carry more persons at one time other than the number for which the bicycle is designed and equipped for.

ARS 28-814 states that a person riding a bicycle shall not legally attach the bicycle to a vehicle on a roadway.

ARS 28-815 states that there cannot be more than two riders side-by-side on a road, unless it is a specific bike path.

Texting while riding is also another issue which is covered under ARS 28-816. According to this statute, the rider must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times. However, if they are texting while moving, it will be difficult for them to do that. Cities like Flagstaff have laws in place which ban texting while riding a bicycle.

ARS 28-817 states that any bicycle used at night time shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front. The bicycle should also have a reflector on the rear that is approved by the department. The reflector should be visible from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear. The bicycle may also have a lamp that emits red light which is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear, in addition to the reflector.

Safety of every rider is of utmost importance, whether they are on a bicycle or on a motorbike. To understand more traffic laws in Arizona, call Attorney Brian Sloan at the Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan for a Free Initial Consultation at 480-900-0384 or 602-900-0384.

Call me today for an
‘In Depth’ Free Consultation

Brian Douglas Sloan


Why Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?
Phoenix DUI Lawyer

Why Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?


18+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


4,100+ DUIs Successfully Defended

Top Accolades

  • Only DUI "Power Lawyer" in the Nation Featured in USA Today, 2022

  • Top 10 in Arizona

Top 1%

Top One Percent in the Nation

Superb 10/10


4.9 / 5.0


“I am one of only a handful of Phoenix DUI Lawyers that focuses solely on DUI Defense representation.”

I have spent my entire career focused on DUI Defense representation, having personally defended more than 4,100+ DUI clients in the past 18+ years.

If you’re looking for a divorce attorney, tax attorney, or civil attorney, then I can comfortably say: "I’m not the one for you".

Coming up with traditional, as well as outside-the-box motions and defenses for my clients, often with good results, is the hallmark of my practice.

Lawyers that say they are "aggressive", or "will fight for you", are a dime a dozen. They use these phrases because that is what they think people want to hear. The truth of the matter is, being "aggressive" rarely gets the client anywhere in these court systems. Being "aggressive" isn’t the same as being good, and is often used to put on a show for a client to hide the fact that they aren’t doing anything meaningful for the client.

The same is true for the lawyers that claim to do DUI Defense... and Criminal Cases..., and Accident cases..., and Divorces. A Jack-of-all-Trades is a master of none. By handling all different sorts of cases, they take away from their ability to truly focus on DUIs, and keep up to date on the latest changes in DUI Defense Representation.

What I offer is intelligent, quality DUI Defense, at an exceptional price.

I am one of only a handful of Arizona DUI Lawyers that focuses solely on DUI Defense representation.

I have not only taught other lawyers how to do DUI Defense Representation at statewide seminars, but I produce DUI Legal Guides used by defense lawyers across Arizona.

I am one of the most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers in Arizona; have been recognized nationally, including in a 2022 issue of USA Today; and there are only a few lawyers in Arizona who have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. I am also one of the most reasonably-priced DUI Lawyers, as I pride myself on charging a Flat Rate only for the legal services you need, and not for the legal services you don’t.

I am also the lawyer who people call once they realize that their original lawyer screwed something up, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply just took their money and didn’t do much on the case. You would be surprised at how often this happens.

Save yourself the trouble of hiring the wrong lawyer, and hire the right DUI Defense Lawyer from the start.

You can reach me on my personal cell phone: 480-720-7839.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Brian Douglas Sloan

DUI Attorney

Free Initial

Email address:
2 N. Central Ave Suite 1929
Phoenix, AZ 85004