Scottsdale's Article IV governs bicycle use within city limits.


  • Sec. 17-79. - Voluntary registration.

    (a)Every owner of a bicycle may voluntarily register his bicycle with the chief of police. The police registration form shall contain the owner's name, residence and social security number, provided that a child applicant shall use the social security number of a parent or guardian.

    (b)Upon registration, a police department decal shall be affixed to the bicycle indicating that it has been registered with the police department. When the decal is delivered to the registrant, the chief of police shall cause the social security number of the owner, or in the case of a child, the social security number of one (1) of his parents or guardian, to be inscribed on the bicycle.

  • Sec. 17-80. - Application of traffic laws.

    Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway in the city shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic laws of the city applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations herein and except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application.

    State Law reference— Similar provisions, A.R.S. § 28-812.

  • Sec. 17-81. - Obedience to traffic-control devices.

    (a)Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic-control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

    (b)Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

  • Sec. 17-82. - Emerging from alley or driveway.

    The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.

  • Sec. 17-83. - No riding signs.

    The chief of police may erect signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person, and, when such signs are in place, no person shall disobey the same.

  • Sec. 17-84. - Speed.

    No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

  • Sec. 17-85. - Parking.

    No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb, in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

  • Sec. 17-86. - Riding in prohibited areas.

    No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates or any other nonself-propelled vehicle or device, except wheelchairs, in or upon any area having posted signs expressly prohibiting said self-propelled vehicles or devices.

  • Sec. 17-87. - Exceptions.

    The prohibitions set forth in sections 17-83 and 17-86 of this article shall not apply to law enforcement officials while engaged in the performance of their official duties.

  • Sec. 17-99. - General; right-of-way; use of multiuse path.

    (a)Multiuse paths are for the exclusive use of pedestrians and any human-powered vehicles or devices.

    (b)A user who is operating a human-powered device or vehicle upon a multiuse path shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian. A user operating a bicycle shall yield to skaters and pedestrians, and skaters shall yield to pedestrians.

    (c)All users of multiuse paths shall:

    (1)Travel at a rate of speed which is reasonable and prudent under the conditions at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of path, and condition of surface. In every event, the user shall control speed as may be necessary to avoid colliding with other users.

    (2)Obey all instructions of any traffic control device, warning sign, or pavement marking applicable to use of the multiuse path, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, including, without limitation: speed limit, stop, yield, caution, warning and dismount signs.

    (3)Exercise due care and caution to avoid colliding with any other users.

    (4)Refrain from entering any portion of the multiuse path when it is flooded or contains standing water.

    (5)Travel in a consistent and predictable manner.

    (6)Travel as near to the right side of the path as is safe, except as may be appropriate while preparing to make or making turning movements, or while overtaking or passing another user traveling in the same direction.

    (7)Occupy only the right half of the multiuse path, measured from the right side, so as not to impede the normal and reasonable movement of other path users.

    (8)Pass other users on the left and only when it can be done safely, returning to the right only when safely clear of the user being passed.

    (9)Give an audible warning signal (e.g. voice, bell, or mechanical or electrical signaling device), in sufficient time to allow response, before passing any user.

    (10)Remove themselves and any equipment at least three (3) feet off the pathway when stopping, standing or parking.