According to the Arizona Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Program … a pedestrian means any person afoot. A person who uses an electric personal assistive mobility device or a manual or motorized wheelchair
is considered a pedestrian also.
Here are a few important points to remember when taking your wheelchair or scooter onto the road.
- Pedestrians are subject to ALL traffic rules.
- If sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian shall not walk along and on an adjacent roadway.
- If sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a highway shall walk when practicable only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic that may approach from the opposite direction.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
- Crossing at other than a crosswalk: A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway.
Excerpts from The Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, Matthew Zoll, Program Manager.
Additional safety tips for those using wheelchairs and mobility scooters
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Add a flag to increase roadside visibility.
- If you must go out at night, add reflectors and glow-in-the-dark lights to increase visibility.
- Read more about mobility scooter safety at: Mobility Scooter Safety
Your safety is always our concern!
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