City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton 9-26-1979 as Ch. 31, Art. IV, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 332.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 412.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 439.

§ 175-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE --
Every device having two (2) tandem wheels and propelled by human power, upon which any person may ride.

§ 175-2 Applicability of other provisions.

Every person propelling or riding a bicycle upon the streets, alleys or public places shall be subject to the provisions of all statutes of the commonwealth and ordinances of the city applicable to the operation of any vehicle, except those provisions with reference to equipment of vehicles and except those provisions which, by their nature, would have no application.

§ 175-3 Sidewalk riding prohibited.

No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within the city.

§ 175-4 Operation near right-hand curb; riding abreast.

Bicycles shall be operated as close to the right-hand curb as conditions will permit and not more than two (2) bicycles shall be operated abreast or side by side.

§ 175-5 Clinging to vehicles.

No person traveling upon any bicycle shall cling to or attach himself or his vehicle to any other moving vehicle upon any roadway.

§ 175-6 Riding upon permanent seat.

The operator of a bicycle upon a street shall not carry any other person upon the handlebar, frame or mud guard of any such vehicle, nor shall any person so ride upon any such vehicle.

§ 175-7 Use of lamps and reflectors.

During the period from sunset to sunrise, every bicycle shall carry one (1) lighted lamp exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such bicycle, and a red reflector button or a red light to be placed at least six (6) inches below the seat at the rear. Such lamp or reflector shall, at all times, be unobstructed.

§ 175-8 Bicycle horn or bell required; siren prohibited.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with a horn or bell in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible, under normal conditions, for a distance of two hundred (200) feet; but no horn or warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound. No bicycle shall be equipped with a siren or whistle.

§ 175-9 Rental agencies.

A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is licensed and a license plate is attached thereto as provided in this chapter, and such bicycle is equipped with the lamps and other equipment required in this chapter.

§ 175-10 Reports by bicycle dealers.

Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a report to the Director of the Department of Public Safety of every bicycle purchased or sold by such dealer within three (3) days after the transaction, giving the name and address of the person from whom purchased or to whom sold, a description of such bicycle by name or make, the frame number thereof and the number of the license plate, if any, found thereon.

§ 175-11 Violations and penalties.

Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than five dollars ($5.) or suffer removal and detention of the license plate from his bicycle for a period of not more than thirty (30) days or suffer impounding of his bicycle for a period of not more than thirty (30) days or any combination of these three (3) penalties.

§ 175-12 License required.

No person shall ride or propel a bicycle on any street or public highway within the city unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license plate attached thereto as provided in this chapter.

§ 175-13 Application.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety is hereby authorized to issue, upon written application and payment of the license fee provided in § 175-17, Fees, bicycle licenses as provided in this chapter.

§ 175-14 Inspection prerequisite to issuance.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety shall cause to be inspected each bicycle before licensing the same and shall refuse a license for any bicycle which he determines is in an unsafe mechanical condition.

§ 175-15 Transfer of ownership.

Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle, the licensee shall remove the license plate and shall either surrender the same to the Director of the Department of Public Safety or may, upon proper application, have such plate assigned to another bicycle owned by the applicant.

§ 175-16 Expiration.

Bicycle licenses issued under this chapter shall be effective for one (1) license year only. Such license shall entitle the licensee thereunder to operate the bicycle for which the same is issued upon all the streets, alleys and public highways, exclusive of sidewalks, within the city for the duration of the license. The license issued hereunder shall expire on June 30 of each year. Licenses shall be obtained between April 1 and June 30 of each year for the next succeeding year respectively.

§ 175-17 Fees.

The annual fee to be paid for each bicycle license shall be twenty-five cents ($0.25) and shall be paid in advance. When any license is transferred from one person to another, a transfer fee of twenty-five cents ($0.25) shall be paid. All fees shall be paid to the Director of the Department of Public Safety and are hereby levied as police regulations and licensing and inspection fees and to defray the cost of the license plates herein required.

§ 175-18 Attaching plates.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety shall cause a license plate to be firmly attached to the rear mud guard or frame of the bicycle for which issued in full position as to be plainly visible from the rear.

§ 175-19 Renewal.

Upon the expiration of any bicycle license the same may be renewed upon application and payment of the same fee as upon an original application.

§ 175-20 Revocation; hearing.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety may revoke any licenses issued under this chapter for cause and after a hearing.