Borough of Phoenixville, PA
Chester County
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§ 3-101 Definition.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 1; as amended by Ord. 1327, 3/14/1978, § 1]
BICYCLE
A vehicle propelled solely by human-powered pedals. The term "bicycle" shall be interchangeable with the term "pedalcycle."

§ 3-102 License Required.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 2; as amended by Ord. 1327, 3/4/1978, § 1]
No resident of the Borough of Phoenixville shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any street or other public highway in the Borough unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license tag attached as provided in this chapter. No person shall ride or propel a bicycle owned by a resident of Phoenixville upon any street or other public highway in the Borough unless said bicycle has been licensed and tagged in accordance with this chapter.

§ 3-103 Procedure.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 3; as amended by Ord. 3/20/1951; by Ord. 11/6/1952, § 1; by Ord. 1327, 3/14/1976, § 1; and by Ord. 2118, 4/15/2008]
1. 
Application for a bicycle license shall be made to the Phoenixville Police Department or to a person or persons authorized by the Phoenixville Police Department on a Borough Council approved form. The application shall be accompanied by a fee, which shall be in an amount, as established by resolution, from time to time, by the Borough Council, upon a Borough Council motion to this effect, less, which fees shall be paid into the Borough Treasury upon the granting of a license. Upon receipt of such application in proper form and after a determination upon inspection that a bicycle to be licensed is in safe condition and equipped as required by this Part, the Phoenixville Police Department shall cause to be firmly attached to the frame of the bicycle a numbered license tag approved by the Phoenixville Police Department. A registration card with corresponding numbers shall be issued to the owner of the bicycle. Duplicate cards shall be retained by the Phoenixville Police Department.
2. 
Each license shall remain in full force and effect until the last day of May of each even-numbered year unless said license is extended, suspended or revoked.
3. 
In case of loss of a license tag, a duplicate tag shall be issued upon payment of a fee, which shall be in an amount as established by resolution, from time to time, by the Borough Council, upon a Borough Council motion to this effect, in some lesser amount.

§ 3-104 Rules for Operation.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 4; as amended by Ord. 935, 9/17/1963, § 1; by Ord. 1327, 3/14/1978, § 1; and by Ord. 2014-2243, 11/10/2014]
1. 
The rules and regulations governing the operation of a bicycle or pedalcycle as set forth and established in the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be observed by all persons operating a bicycle or pedalcycle within the confines of the Borough of Phoenixville.
2. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk, park, trail, or any public place so as to obstruct pedestrian traffic or endanger another person's safety. Members of the Police Department, while serving as bicycle patrol while on duty, when required for emergency action and/or law enforcement activities, are exempt from this provision.
3. 
No person shall park or let a bicycle stand upon any sidewalk, park, path, trail, or any public place where it is an obstruction to pedestrians. Members of the Police Department, while serving as bicycle patrol while on duty, when required for emergency action and/or law enforcement activities, are exempt from this provision.
4. 
No person shall hook, tie, chain, or otherwise attach a bicycle to any lamppost, public utility pole, street sign, shade tree or any public building, property or structure other than an approved bicycle rack or bicycle hitching post.

§ 3-105 Required Equipment.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 5; as amended by Ord. 1327, 3/14/1978, § 1]
Every bicycle shall be equipped in accordance with the requirements of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 3-106 Damaging or Removing Tag; Using Bicycle Without Permission.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 6; as reenacted by Ord. 1327, 3/14/1978, § 1]
No person shall deface, mutilate or remove a license tag attached to a bicycle or use another's bicycle on a street without the consent of the bicycle owner.

§ 3-107 Enforcement.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 7; as amended by Ord. 935, 12/17/1963, § 3]
The Chief of Police may suspend, for not more than 30 days, or may revoke any bicycle license upon proof that such license has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation, or for the violation of any of the terms of this Part, but a hearing shall first be held upon five days' written notice to the owner of the bicycle. No license shall be issued for any bicycle, the license of which has been revoked, until 60 days after revocation, unless such bicycle has changed ownership; and no license shall be issued for any bicycle acquired by a person whose bicycle license has been revoked within the year prior to the application for the new license.

§ 3-108 Penalty for Violation.

[Ord. 12/5/1950C, § 8; as amended by Ord. 935, 9/17/1963, § 4; by Ord. 1241, 8/10/1976, § 1; by Ord. 1607, 11/4/1989, § 4; and by Ord. 2118, 4/15/2008]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days.