Merkel: Writers should get their facts straight

I usually just chuckle at letters to the editor that misquote Arizona Revised Statutes to further the writer’s personal agenda.However, sometimes this misinformation can be dangerous. For example, Tom McLean’s letter (“Motorized vehicles need to stay off,” Sun City West Independent, Nov. 21, 2018) concerning riding bicycles on sidewalks accurately quotes ARS 28-904 (A) except that he adds the word “bicycle” after the word “vehicle.” ARS 28-904 does not contain the word “bicycle” and it does not apply to riding bicycles on the sidewalk.ARS 28-101 (67) provides the definition of “vehicles” and it specifically excludes devices moved by human power from that definition.

I know of no restriction to riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, except that common sense and decency would require the bicycle rider to yield to slower, less maneuverable users of the sidewalk. On busy streets, such as R.H. Johnson Boulevard, it is very much safer to ride on the sidewalk than in the street.

John Merkel
Sun City west



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