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Whenever any words or phrases used in this chapter are not defined but are defined in the Motor Vehicle Laws of Arizona, Title 28, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended, such definitions shall apply. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Alley and alleyways" mean lanes or passageways for use as a means of access to the rear of lots or buildings. Alleys and alleyways shall not be considered thoroughfares.

"Arterial streets" means all major arterial streets and arterial streets as designated on the existing street classification map.

"Collector streets" means all streets designated as collector streets and minor collector streets on the existing street classification map.

"Curb loading zone" means a space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

"Electric standup scooter" means a device that weighs less than 75 pounds, has two or three wheels, has handlebars, has a floorboard on which a person may stand while riding, is powered by an electric motor or human power, or both, and has a maximum speed that does not exceed 15 miles per hour, with or without human propulsion, on a paved level surface.

"Flammable liquid" means any liquid having a flash point below 200 degrees Fahrenheit and having a vapor pressure not exceeding 40 pounds per square inch (absolute). Flammable liquids shall be divided into classes and shall include combustible liquids as defined in the Fire Code of the City of Phoenix.

"Freeway" or "expressway" means a freeway or expressway as designated on the existing street classification map.

"Frontage" or "access road" means a local street or road, auxiliary to and located adjacent to an arterial street or freeway for access to abutting properties and adjacent areas.

"Furniture zone" means the area between the roadway curb face and the edge of the right-of-way.

"Interchange" means the system of interconnecting roadways in conjunction with a grade separation or separations, including the points of access for vehicles to enter and to leave a freeway, providing for the interchange of traffic between two or more roadways.

"Local streets" means all streets that provide direct access to residential, commercial, industrial, or other abutting land and for local traffic movements, and that connect to collector or arterial streets or both.

"Metered parking space" means a designated area used for parking a motorized vehicle upon a public street, sidewalk or other City property and regulated by operation of a parking meter.

"Motorized electric bicycle" means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts and that meets the requirements of one of the following classes:

1. "Class 1 motorized electric bicycle" means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

2. "Class 2 motorized electric bicycle" means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle or tricycle and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle or tricycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

"Motorized play vehicle" means a coaster, scooter, any other alternatively fueled device, or other motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor or engine, gas or electric, and which is not otherwise defined in Title 28, Arizona Revised Statutes, as a motor vehicle, motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, motorized electric bicycle, electric standup scooter, motorized wheelchair or electric personal assistive mobility device.

"Motorized skateboard" means a self-propelled device that has a motor, gas or electric, a deck on which a person may ride and at least two tandem wheels in contact with the ground and which is not otherwise defined in Title 28, Arizona Revised Statutes, as a motor vehicle, motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, electric standup scooter, motorized wheelchair or electric personal assistive mobility device.

"Official traffic control devices" means all signs, signals, parking meters, markings, and devices not inconsistent with this chapter, placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.

"Owners’ service station" means a place where flammable liquids are kept or stored in bulk for the sole purpose of distributing such liquids into the owners’ own vehicles. No owners’ service station shall be constructed, maintained or operated for a fleet of less than five vehicles.

"Parking meter" means (1) a device located upon a public street, sidewalk or other City property that displays the period of parking time for an individual metered parking space; or (2) a pay station located upon a public street, sidewalk or other City property that may issue a receipt displaying the period of parking time for an individual metered parking space within a multi-space station. A parking meter monitors the period of parking time purchased through the use of legal United States coins, credit cards or other acceptable forms or methods of payment that are used to operate it.

"Parklet" means a small seating area or public space created as a public amenity adjacent to a sidewalk.

"Parkway" means a street or highway that is designated as such on the existing street classification map to provide a scenic or intensively landscaped appearance to any street individually or in combination with other streets. The parkway system may provide access to and connect the parks and scenic areas and traffic services through such areas.

"Pay station" means a device that accepts payment for use of more than one metered parking space.

"Private emergency vehicles" means authorized emergency vehicles other than those defined by Section 28-101, Arizona Revised Statutes, and including private ambulances, private escort vehicles of funeral and other processions, emergency vehicles of public service corporations, and such others as may be designated by the City Council. All traffic laws and ordinances are applicable to such private emergency vehicles when they are not proceeding under an emergency situation.

"Procession" means an orderly file of six or more vehicles with suitable escort, such escort being approved by the Director of the Police Department.

"Roadway" means that portion of a highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder.

"Street" means any existing or proposed street, avenue, boulevard, road, lane, parkway, place, bridge, viaduct or easement for public vehicular access or a street shown in a plat heretofore approved pursuant to law or a street in a plat duly filed and recorded in the County Recorder’s Office. A street includes all land within the street right-of-way whether improved or unimproved, and includes such improvements as pavement, shoulders, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, parking space, bridges and viaducts.

"Street classification map" means the street classification map in the form as last adopted and amended by the City Council.

"Tank semi-trailer" means a vehicle designed for transporting flammable liquids and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by the towing vehicle.

"Tank trailer" means a vehicle without motive power designed for transporting flammable liquids and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.

"Tank truck" means a truck having a tank for the transportation of flammable liquids.

"Truck" means a vehicle with motive power other than a bus, having three or more axles and measuring 36 feet or longer in overall length, including truck and load. (Code 1962, §§ 37-1.00—37-1.21; Ord. No. G-4043, § 6, 1997; Ord. No. G-4224, § 1, 1999; Ord. No. G-4580, § 2, 2004; Ord. No. G-4662, § 1, 2004; Ord. No. G-5444, § 3, 2009; Ord. No. G-5863, 2013; Ord. No. G-6602, 2019; Ord. No. G-6967, § 8, 2022)

Cross reference—Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.

1Code reviser’s note—Ordinance No. G-6602 sunsets on July 26, 2020. Ordinance No. G-6676 extends the sunset date to January 26, 2021. Ordinance No. G-6772 extends the sunset date to December 31, 2021. Ordinance No. G-6823 extends the sunset date to March 31, 2022. Ordinance No. G-6967 extends the sunset date to June 30, 2023.