Borough of Denver, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Denver 1-6-1986 by Ord. No. 407 (Ch. 3, Part 1 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 77-1 Definition.

A pedalcycle, as used in this chapter, shall mean any pedalcycle or vehicle powered solely or primarily by human powered pedals.

§ 77-2 License required.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to operate or use a bicycle or similar pedalcycle upon any of the streets, alleys or public thoroughfares of the Borough of Denver without first obtaining a license therefore, and having said bicycle or similar pedalcycle properly registered and tagged.

§ 77-3 Owner's responsibilities.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
Every owner of a bicycle or similar pedalcycle, upon the taking effect of this chapter, shall list and register with the Mayor, or his designee, his name and address, the name of the manufacturer of the bicycle, its serial number, style and general description. In the event that the owner of the bicycle is a minor under the age of 18 years, then the parent or guardian or person having the care of such minor, or with whom he or she lives, shall make such listing and registration on behalf of such minor owner.

§ 77-4 License tags/registration cards.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
The Borough of Denver shall provide each person registering a bicycle with a license tag and a registration card. The license tag shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle or similar pedalcycle by the owner of said bicycle or similar pedalcycle. The registration card shall be retained by the owner of the bicycle or similar pedalcycle and a copy of said registration card shall be retained by the Police Department.

§ 77-5 Registration transfer.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle or similar pedalcycle, to report such sale or transfer by returning to the Mayor, or his designee, the registration card issued to such person as licensee thereof, together with the name and address of the person to whom the bicycle or similar pedalcycle was transferred or sold, and such report shall be made within five days of the date of said sale or transfer. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee of such bicycle or similar pedalcycle, if he or she is a resident of the Borough of Denver, to apply for a transfer of registration within five days of said sale or transfer.

§ 77-6 Junked/dismantled bicycles.

It shall be the duty of every person who dismantles, reduces to junk, or takes out of operation any bicycle or similar pedalcycle that is registered with the Borough of Denver to report same to the Police Department.

§ 77-7 Identification number to remain intact.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, mutilate or alter the number on any bicycle or similar pedalcycle frame, and it shall be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license tag or registration card during the time in which such license tag or registration card is operative.

§ 77-8 Loss/destruction of tag/registration card.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
In case of loss or destruction of a license tag or registration card, a new license tag or registration card shall be issued for a fee hereinafter set forth to the registered owner; provided such owner gives satisfactory proof of same, either by affidavit or otherwise, to the Chief of Police or other officer of the Police Department.

§ 77-9 License registration fee.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
For the first license/registration card issued for each bicycle or similar pedalcycle pursuant to this chapter, a fee, as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council, shall be paid by the registered owner. For a new license tag and/or registration issued to an owner of a bicycle or similar pedalcycle who has lost or had a license tag and/or registration card destroyed, a fee, as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council, shall be paid by the registered owner of said bicycle or similar pedalcycle.

§ 77-10 Mutilated/altered serial number.

If any bicycle or similar pedalcycle is found on a street of the Borough of Denver without a license tag as set forth, or with a mutilated or altered serial number, it shall be prima facia evidence that said bicycle or similar pedalcycle is being operated without proper registration and shall be impounded as hereinafter set forth.

§ 77-11 Passenger prohibitions.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of a bicycle or similar pedalcycle to carry any other person upon the handle bars, frame or fender of any such bicycle or similar pedalcycle, unless such vehicle is so constructed for carrying more than one person.

§ 77-12 Unlawful to cling to moving vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any operator of any bicycle or similar pedalcycle to cling to any other moving vehicle.

§ 77-13 Pedestrians not to be interfered with.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle or similar pedalcycle on any street in such a manner as to interfere with any pedestrian thereon. It shall also be unlawful for any person to operate any bicycle or similar pedalcycle on any sidewalk in the Borough of Denver in any way that would interfere with any pedestrian. Operators of bicycles or similar pedalcycles in the Borough of Denver shall always give the pedestrian the absolute right-of-way.

§ 77-14 Traffic rules are applicable to bicycles or similar pedalcycles.

[Amended 12-11-2006 by Ord. No. 564]
It shall be unlawful for the operator of a bicycle or similar pedalcycle to violate any of the applicable traffic laws of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Title 75, Pa.C.S.A.,[1] and/or any of the applicable ordinances of the Borough of Denver. Nor shall said bicycle or pedalcycle or motor-powered bicycle or minibike or any other such vehicle shall be ridden or operated at any time upon private property without the permission of the property owner.
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Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.

§ 77-15 Impoundment.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
If the operator of any bicycle or similar pedalcycle shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, said bicycle or similar pedalcycle shall be immediately taken and impounded by the Police Department, and shall be so held by the Police Department for a period not exceeding 30 days to be determined by the Chief of Police of said Department. In the event any bicycle or similar pedalcycle is found in violation of § 77-9 of this chapter, the Police Department shall take possession of such bicycle or similar pedalcycle and hold same until proper ownership is proven.

§ 77-16 "Street" defined.

The word "street" as used in this chapter shall include, but not be limited to, any public highways, boulevards, alleys, parks and school district property, also any private roadways normally accessible to the public.

§ 77-17 Safety equipment required.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475]
A. 
Every bicycle, when in use between sunset and sunrise, shall be equipped on the front with a lamp which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department, which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear, and with an amber reflector on each side. A lamp emitting a red light, visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear, may be used in addition to the red reflector. A lamp may be worn by the operator of a bicycle and shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of this section if the lamp can be seen at the distances specified. All lamps and reflectors shall be of a type approved by the Department.
B. 
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a braking system which will stop the bicycle within 15 feet from an initial speed of 15 miles-per-hour on a dry, level and clean pavement.

§ 77-18 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 475; 7-29-2013 by Ord. No. 612]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules or regulations pursuant thereto, shall upon conviction, be sentenced to a fine of not more than $600 and costs, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Upon summary conviction, the person found guilty may be assessed reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings in accordance with Section 3321(6) of the Borough Code.[1]
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Editor’s Note: See 53 P.S. § 48321(6).