Look Ma, no hands!

There is a special law applying specifically to bicyclists; it often gets repeated as

You must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times

Which is what appears both on the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZ GOHS), and the City of Phoenix websites, it is a misrepresentation.

While this is the law in some places, e.g. Utah (41-6a-S1112); the law in Arizona actually reads:

ARS 28-816. Carrying article on bicycle

A person shall not carry a package, bundle or article while operating a bicycle if the package, bundle or article prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.

So, while you should and must ride under control for safety’s sake, it’s not intrinsically illegal to ride with no hands.




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