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Road Safety for Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Kim McCreery No Comments

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.

  1. Pedestrians are subject to ALL traffic rules.
  2. If sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian shall not walk along and on an adjacent roadway.
  3. 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.
  4. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
  5. 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!

Kim

 

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