Tucson Arizona is home to many cyclists. Tucson has a great diversity of landscapes from robust mountain biking to intense road cycling. Tucson has it all, and everyone knows it. With excellent weather all year, Tucson provides a cyclist with many opportunities to get out and ride. Of course, with all of the cycling in Tucson one must be aware of their local rules that can greatly affect your rights as an Arizona cyclist.

As in every case, the state of Arizona will have state specific laws that control what you should and shouldn’t do. And Tucson will further regulate those state laws through their municipal code. Every Tucson cyclist should know and understand the Arizona bicycle laws as well as the Tucson Arizona bike laws. Ben Dodge is a qualified and experienced Tucson Arizona bicycle accident lawyer.

Below is the text from the Tucson Municipal code:

Chapter 5
BICYCLES*

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*   Cross References: Traffic regulations, ch. 20.
   State Law References: Traffic regulations applicable to bicycles, A.R.S. §§ 28-811–28-817; municipal authority to regulate bicycles, A.R.S. § 28-627(A)(8).
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Art. I.   In General, §§ 5-1–5-3
Art. II.   Motorized Bicycle or Tricycle, §§ 5-4–5-11
Article I. In General
Sec. 5-1.   Parking of bicycles.
Sec. 5-2.   Riding on sidewalks and pedestrian paths, and through underpasses.
Sec. 5-2.1.   Postal employees and law enforcement officers exempt from certain riding and parking provisions.
Sec. 5-3.   Enforcement.
Article II. Motorized Bicycle or Tricycle
Sec. 5-4.   Regulating motorized bicycle or tricycle; purpose and intent.
Sec. 5-5.   Definition.
Sec. 5-6.   Applicability of traffic laws.
Sec. 5-7.   Prohibited operation.
Sec. 5-8.   Helmet use requirement.
Sec. 5-9.   Nighttime use requirements.
Sec. 5-10.   Responsibilities of parents, guardians, and legal custodians.
Sec. 5-11.   Violation declared a civil traffic violation.

ARTICLE I.
IN GENERAL*
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*   Editors Note: Section 1 of Ord. No. 7276, adopted Sept. 11, 1989, repealed former art. I, §§ 5-15-6, derived from 1953 Code, ch. 7, §§ 1–6, and Ord. No. 5336, § 2, adopted Apr. 6, 1981, and added a new art. I, §§ 5-15-3.
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BookmarkSec. 5-1. Parking of bicycles.
It shall be unlawful to park a bicycle upon any public sidewalk or street in a manner that substantially impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic or obstructs access to public or private facilities.
(Ord. No. 7276, § 1, 9-11-89)

BookmarkSec. 5-2. Riding on sidewalks and pedestrian paths, and through underpasses.
   (a)   It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle on any public sidewalks, or upon a designated pedestrian path in any public park, unless signs are posted specifically permitting bicycling.
   (b)   It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle through any underpass when signs are posted prohibiting bicycling.
(Ord. No. 7276, § 1, 9-11-89)

BookmarkSec. 5-2.1. Postal employees and law enforcement officers exempt from certain riding and parking provisions.
The provisions of sections 5-1 and 5-2 shall not apply to U.S. Postal Service employees engaging in the collection or delivery of mail or to law enforcement officers while engaged in the performance of law enforcement duties. For purposes of this section, law enforcement officer shall include local traffic enforcement agents.
(Ord. No. 7276, § 1, 9-11-89; Ord. No. 9046, § 1, 4-20-98)

BookmarkSec. 5-3. Enforcement.
Any violation of a provision of this chapter shall be a civil infraction, unless otherwise specified, subject to the provisions of chapter 8 of this Code.
Violations of this chapter shall be deemed civil infractions subject to a sanction of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
(Ord. No. 7276, § 1, 9-11-89; Ord. No. 8958, § 1, 9-22-97)

ARTICLE II.
MOTORIZED BICYCLE OR TRICYCLE

BookmarkSec. 5-4. Regulating motorized bicycle or tricycle; purpose and intent.
The state has granted municipalities express authority to regulate or prohibit the operation of motorized electric or gas-powered bicycles or tricycles. It is the purpose and intent of this article to provide for the regulation of motorized electric or gas-powered bicycle or tricycle (“motorized bicycle or tricycle”) to protect the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers and operators of motorized bicycles or tricycles. The mayor and council find it is in the public interest to regulate the operation of motorized bicycles or tricycles by prohibiting their use on sidewalks, multi-use paths, shared use paths and pedestrian paths, and by imposing age restrictions and safety requirements for the riders of motorized bicycles or tricycles.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-5. Definition.
As used in this article “motorized bicycle or tricycle” means an electric or gas-powered bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with a helper motor that has a maximum piston displacement of forty-eight (48) cubic centimeters or less or an electric motor of less than seven hundred fifty (750) watts (1 h.p.), that may also be self-propelled and that is operated at speeds of less than twenty (20) miles per hour.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-6. Applicability of traffic laws.
In the City of Tucson, a person riding a motorized bicycle or tricycle is granted all of the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to a bicycle rider under state and local law.
Motorized bicycles or tricycles that are operated at speeds in excess of nineteen (19) miles per hour are regulated by state law and must comply with state law requirements.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-7. Prohibited operation.
   (a)   It shall be unlawful for a person under sixteen (16) years of age to operate a motorized bicycle or tricycle.
   (b)   It shall be unlawful to operate a motorized bicycle or tricycle on any public sidewalk, multi-use path, and shared-use path or on any designated pedestrian path in any public park.
   (c)   It shall be unlawful to use a motorized bicycle or tricycle to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
   (d)   It shall be unlawful to ride a motorized bicycle or tricycle through any underpass or at any other location where signs are posted prohibiting bicycling.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-8. Helmet use requirement.
No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall operate a motorized bicycle or tricycle or be a passenger on motorized bicycle or tricycle, ride in a restraining seat attached to a motorized bicycle or tricycle, or ride in a trailer towed by a motorized bicycle or tricycle unless the person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet which meets the current standards of the American National Standards Institute for protective headgear.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-9. Nighttime use requirements.
A motorized bicycle or tricycle that is used at nighttime shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and a red reflector in the rear of a type that is visible from all distances from fifty (50) feet to three hundred (300) feet to the rear where the reflector is directly in front of the upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A motorized bicycle or tricycle may have a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear in addition to the red reflector.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-10. Responsibilities of parents, guardians, and legal custodians.
   (a)   The parent, guardian, or legal custodian of any minor shall not authorize or knowingly permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of this article.
   (b)   If a fine is imposed upon a minor who is found to be in violation of this section, the parents or legal guardian having custody or control of the minor shall be jointly and severally liable with the minor for payment of the fine, whether or not the parents or guardian knew of, or anticipated, a violation of this section.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)

BookmarkSec. 5-11. Violation declared a civil traffic violation.
   (a)   Violation of this article shall constitute a civil traffic violation punishable by a mandatory minimum fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
   (b)   All complaints for violations of this article shall be issued and adjudicated in accordance with the Arizona Rules of Procedure in Civil Traffic Violation Cases and applicable state and local law.
(Ord. No. 10321, § 1, 9-19-06)
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