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Chapter 38 – Regulating Bicycle, Skateboards, Roller Blades and Scooters

TITLE III   COMMUNITY PROTECTION

CHAPTER 38

REGULATING BICYCLE, SKATEBOADS,

ROLLER BLADES AND SCOOTERs 

 

3-38-1     Effect of Regulations
3-38-2     Traffic Code Applies to Person Riding Bicycles
3-38-3     Riding on Bicycles
3-38-4     Riding on Roadways and Bicycles Path
3-38-5     Speed
3-38-6     Emerging from Alley or Driveway
3-38-7     Parking
3-38-8     Using or Riding Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Blades or Scooter on Sidewalks
3-38-9     Lamps and other Equipment on Bicycles
3-38-10   Penalties

SECTION 3-38-1                  EFFECT OF REGULATIONS.  These regulations applicable to bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters shall apply whenever a bicycle, skateboard, roller blades or scooters shall apply whenever a bicycle, skateboard, roller blade, or scooter is operated upon any sidewalk, street, or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters subject to those exceptions stated herein.

SECTION 3-38-2                  TRAFFICE CODE APPLIES TO PRSONS RIDING BICYCLES. Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of this City applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as limited by this ordinance and except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. Whenever such person dismounts from a bicycle he shall be subject to all regulations applicable to pedestrians.

SECTION 3-38-3                  RIDING ON BICYCLES. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.  No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

SECTION 3-38-4                  RIDING ON ROADWAYS AND BICYCLES PATH. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway, street or sidewalk shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Whenever a usable path has been provided adjacent to a roadway bicycle riders shall use such paths and shall not use the roadway.

SECTION 3-38-5                  SPEED.  No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions existing.

SECTION 3-38-6                  EMERGING FROM ALLEY OR DRIVEWAY.  The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway, or building shall upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway yield the right of way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.

SECTION 3-38-7                  PARKING. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, no person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or at the curb in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic. Within the area defined at Section 3-26-8 of this ordinance, no bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or scooters shall be parked in the street.

SECTION 3-38-8                  USING OR RIDING BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES OR SCOOTER ON SIDEWALKS. No person shall use or ride a bicycle, skateboard, roller blade, or scooter upon a sidewalk within the following prescribed area to-wit: Twelfth Street from Seventh Avenue to Eleventh Avenue; South side of Thirteenth Street from Seventh Avenue to Eleventh Avenue; Eighth Avenue from Thirteenth Street to the railroad tracks; Ninth Avenue from Thirteenth Street to the railroad tracks; when signs are erected on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle or using a skateboard, roller blade or scooter upon a sidewalk in areas where such activities are not prohibited such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

SECTION 3-38-9                  LAMPS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT ON BICYCLES.  Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams and headlamps on a vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

SECTION 3-38-10                PENALTIES. Anyone violating the provisions of this statute shall have his bicycle impounded for a period of not to exceed thirty (30) days, or shall be fined not to exceed $25.00, or a combination of these penalties may be imposed

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