[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield 3-27-2006, effective 4-25-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “Ordinance Regulating Bikeways” or the “Bikeways Ordinance.”
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Section 7-148 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Town Council of the Town of Mansfield finds that the improper usage of Town bikeways can create hazards that are detrimental to the general welfare, health and safety of the people of Mansfield. Therefore, pursuant to the various police, health and public safety powers granted to municipalities under C.G.S. § 7-148, the Town of Mansfield seeks to protect, preserve and promote the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of its people by regulating the usage of Town bikeways.
For the purpose of this chapter, the words and phrases used herein shall have the following meanings, unless otherwise clearly indicated by the context:
- Hard-surfaced pathways created for bicycles and pedestrians that are separated from roadways by curbing, grading, plantings, planting strips or other means.
- PUBLIC BIKEWAYS
- Bikeways that are designated for public (not private) use and are owned and maintained by the State of Connecticut or the Town of Mansfield.
- TOWN BIKEWAYS
- Public bikeways owned by, constructed by or maintained by the Town of Mansfield.
The Town of Mansfield shall supervise and control the maintenance of Town bikeways.
No person shall deposit any snow or ice onto any portion of any Town bikeway within the Town of Mansfield.
Except for Town maintenance vehicles and other authorized vehicles, no person shall park any motorized vehicle or place any other obstruction on any Town bikeway within the Town of Mansfield.
Every person using a Town bikeway shall travel as near to the right side of the path as is safe, except when turning or while overtaking and passing another user proceeding in the same direction.
Every user shall exercise due care and caution to avoid colliding with any other bikeway user traveling by any mode. Every user shall travel in a consistent and predictable manner not more than two abreast.
No group of bikeway users, including their animal(s), shall span more than half the bikeway, measured from the right side, so as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of other users.
Any person operating any permitted vehicle or device, including but not limited to a bicycle, shall give an audible warning before passing another person, pedestrian, bicyclist, or user of any mode. Said warning may be produced by voice, bell, whistle or horn and must be clearly audible. The audible warning must be produced before executing the passing maneuver. The passer is responsible for safely passing other users.
Any bikeway user overtaking another user proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of such overtaken user at a safe distance and shall not again move to the right until safely clear of the overtaken user.
Users entering or crossing the bikeway at uncontrolled points shall yield to traffic on the bikeway.
No person shall travel on any bikeway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, including the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event, speed shall be controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with others who are using reasonable care.
All bikeway users using a bikeway from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with or carry lights. Bicyclists shall have a headlight visible from 500 feet to the front and a red or amber light visible from 500 feet to the rear. Other bikeway users should have white lights visible from 250 feet.
Every person traveling on a Town bikeway shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control sign or device applicable thereto placed in accordance with applicable laws or regulations unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
Owners walking a pet or animal companion along a Town bikeway shall pick up and properly dispose of any droppings left on the bikeway by their pet/animal companion.
Town bikeways may be utilized by pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and in-line skaters.
Except for authorized repair vehicles and motorized/powered wheel chairs or other similar equipment used by a person with a disability, no motorized vehicles are permitted on Town bikeways. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to: mini-bikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, go karts, snowmobiles and all ATVs.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed an infraction and may be issued a citation. Said citation shall inform the person named therein of the allegations against him or her, the amount of the fine due, and the date on which payment of the fine is due, which shall be no later than 10 days after the date of the citation. Said citation shall be hand delivered or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the person named therein at his or her last known address. Citations shall be punishable with a fine of $90 for each violation. Each separate day that a violation exists after the issuance of a citation shall be subject to a separate additional fine without the issuance of a separate citation.
Any person fined pursuant to this chapter may appeal such fine pursuant to the provisions of the Town of Mansfield Hearing Procedure for Citations Ordinance.
Whenever used, the singular number shall include the plural, the plural the singular, and the use of either gender shall include both genders.