Borough of Lewisburg, PA
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lewisburg 6-21-1978 by Ord. No. 78-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Loitering — See Ch. 208.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 230.
Skateboards and in-line skates — See Ch. 264.

§ 112-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
A vehicle consisting of a tubular metal frame mounted on two or more large, wire-spoked wheels, equipped with handle bars and a saddle-like seat, and propelled by foot pedals.

§ 112-2 Registration.

[Amended 10-20-1987 by Ord. No. 833; 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
It shall be unlawful for any resident of the Borough to ride, operate, use, or permit to be ridden, operated, or used, or rent for use, any bicycle which he or she owns upon any of the public streets, alleys, parks, avenues, highways, and public places of the Borough without first registering the bicycle with the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department by application and obtaining therefor from the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative a registration card and license plate or sticker.
A. 
The application shall contain the name, address, and date of birth of the applicant and, if the applicant is under 18 years of age, the name of the applicant's parent or guardian, the make, serial number, and color of the bicycle, and the name and address of the person from whom the same was purchased.
B. 
The registration card and license plate or sticker shall be issued to the applicant upon:
(1) 
Certification by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative that the bicycle is in good mechanical condition, is in compliance with the applicable provisions of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and contains a manufacturer's serial number stamped or attached to the bicycle frame. If it shall be found that the bicycle does not contain a manufacturer's serial number stamped or attached to the bicycle frame, a serial number or identification mark shall be stamped on the frame of such bicycle.
(2) 
The payment of the fee as hereinafter provided.
C. 
The registration cards shall be numbered consecutively and shall contain the name and address of the applicant and, if the applicant is under 18 years of age, the name of the applicant's parent or guardian.
D. 
The license plate or sticker shall have the corresponding number to the registration card and the word "Lewisburg" thereon, and shall be attached to the bicycle by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative and shall not be removed except by the same or upon their authorization.
E. 
The fee to be paid for registration of each bicycle shall be $1. The fee shall be paid in advance at the time of the issuance of the registration card and license plate or sticker. In the event that the original bicycle license plate or sticker is mutilated, damaged, lost, or stolen, a new plate or sticker shall be issued by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative upon payment of a fee of $0.50.
F. 
In accordance with § 112-5 of this chapter, registration cards issued pursuant to this § 112-2 may be transferred when ownership of a bicycle is sold or transferred to a new owner upon payment of a fee of $0.50 by the new owner.
G. 
The Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department shall keep a permanent record of all applications and registration cards issued pursuant thereto for each bicycle registered with the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department and shall transmit copies of the same together with the fees collected therefor to the Borough Treasurer.

§ 112-3 Tampering with serial numbers.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate, or alter the manufacturer's serial number or identification mark stamped or attached to any bicycle frame.

§ 112-4 Tampering with registration plate.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate, or alter any registration card or license plate or sticker issued hereunder.

§ 112-5 Transfer of registration.

[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Every person who sells or transfers the ownership of any bicycle registered hereunder shall within seven days of the date of such sale or transfer report such transaction to the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative by returning the registration card issued to such person, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred. In accordance with § 112-2 of this chapter, the purchaser or transferee of such bicycle shall within seven days of the sale or transfer apply for a transfer of the registration thereof.

§ 112-6 Destruction of bicycle.

[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Every person who dismantles and takes out of operation any bicycle registered hereunder shall within seven days report such information to the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative.

§ 112-7 Bicycle rental.

It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in the business of renting or hiring out bicycles in the Borough to rent or hire out a bicycle to anyone without the rented or hired bicycle having attached thereto a license plate or sticker issued hereunder.

§ 112-8 Dealing in bicycles.

[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Every person engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, or trading in used or secondhand bicycles, and every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new bicycles, shall make a weekly report to the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative of all used and secondhand bicycles bought, sold, exchanged, or traded-in during the week. Each such report shall specify a full and complete description of such used or secondhand bicycles, including, whenever available, the make, the manufacturer's serial number stamped or attached to the bicycle frame, the frame number, any identification mark or markings, the color, the wheel type and size, the name of the brake, the date of purchase, sale, exchange, or trade, and the name of the person buying, selling, exchanging, or trading in such bicycle.

§ 112-9 Light required for night riding.

[Amended 10-20-1987 by Ord. No. 833]
It shall be unlawful for anyone to ride, operate, use, or permit to be ridden, operated, or used, or rent for use, any bicycle upon any of the public streets, alleys, parks, avenues, highways, and public places of the Borough during the period from one-hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise and at such other times when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead, unless a white lamp or light on the front of the bicycle is in use and operation in accordance with the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.

§ 112-10 Rights and duties of bicyclists.

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the Borough of Lewisburg, except as to special provisions therein and except as to those provisions thereof which by their nature can have no application.

§ 112-11 Obedience to signs.

[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic-control signals, signs, and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department police officer. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such signs.

§ 112-12 Occupancy of bicycle.

A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or 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 except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to the rider in a back pack or sling.

§ 112-13 Safety regulations.

[Amended 8-18-1998 by Ord. No. 910]
A. 
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 shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Whenever a usable, safe, and reasonable lane or path for bicycles has been provided as part of a highway or adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such lane or path and shall not use any other part of the highway. Before turning or changing the direction of any bicycle upon any of the public streets, alleys, parks, avenues, highways, and public places of the Borough, it shall be the duty of the bicycle rider to give a signal by the extension of the hand to indicate the direction it is intended to proceed.
B. 
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
C. 
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.
D. 
No person riding upon a bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
E. 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
F. 
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway at an angle to the curb or edge of the roadway at any location where parking is allowed, upon the sidewalk other than in a rack to support the bicycle, or against a building or at the curb other than in such manner as not to impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrian or other traffic or to obstruct the movement of a legally parked motor vehicle.
G. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon any public sidewalk located in the Borough between the southern right-of-way line of Cherry Alley on the north, the northern right-of-way line of Pine Alley on the south, the western right-of-way line of Front Street on the east, and the eastern right-of-way line of Seventh Street on the west. No person over the age of 10 years shall ride a bicycle upon any other public sidewalk located in the Borough, except upon the sidewalk located on the north side of Market Street between the eastern right-of-way line of U.S. Route 15 and the eastern right-of-way line of Eighth Street. Any person legally riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or bicycle lane or path used by pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.
[Amended 11-20-2012 by Ord. No. 1016]

§ 112-14 Failure to register or own certificate.

[Amended 10-20-1987 by Ord. No. 833; 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Any resident who violates § 112-2 of this chapter by failing to register by application any bicycle which he or she owns and obtaining therefor a registration card and license plate or sticker shall:
A. 
For the first offense, be warned that he or she is in violation of the applicable section of this chapter and that he or she must comply therewith by securing, where applicable, a bicycle riding certificate, registration card, or license plate or sticker. In addition, the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative shall also notify the parent or guardian of the minor in writing of the violation and warning, stating the nature of the violation, requesting that the parent or guardian should not knowingly permit such minor to violate § 112-2 of this chapter, warning the parent or guardian that certain penalties could be imposed upon them, and advising the parent or guardian that a second offense may result in the impoundment of the bicycle.
B. 
For the second offense, be notified that he or she is in violation of the applicable section of this chapter and that his or her bicycle shall be subject to immediate impoundment until such time as he or she complies therewith by securing, where applicable, a bicycle riding certificate, registration card, or license plate or sticker. In addition, the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative shall also notify the parent or guardian of the minor in writing of the violation and impoundment, stating the nature of the violation and how to obtain the release of the impounded bicycle. All impounded bicycles shall be held by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative in a protected area and shall be subject to the collection of a storage charge therefor in the amount of $1 per week unless the bicycle is released to the owner thereof within 10 days by his or her compliance with the said violated section.

§ 112-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-20-1987 by Ord. No. 833]
Except as provided hereinabove, any person under 18 years of age who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall:
A. 
For the first offense, be warned that he or she is in violation of the applicable section of this chapter and that his or her registration card and license plate or sticker may be suspended or revoked for any subsequent violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. In addition, the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative shall also notify the parent or guardian of the minor in writing of the violation and warning, stating the nature of the violation, requesting that the parent or guardian should not knowingly permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, warning the parent or guardian that certain penalties could be imposed upon them, and advising the parent or guardian that any subsequent violation may result in the suspension or revocation of the minor's bicycle registration card and license plate or sticker.
[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
B. 
For the second offense, be summoned in writing by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative to appear at the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department at a specified time with his or her bicycle and accompanied by his or her parent or guardian. After a hearing on the violation of the applicable section of this chapter, if in the discretion of the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative, it is decided to punish the violator, the registration card and license plate or sticker issued pursuant to § 112-2 of this chapter may be suspended and removed, respectively, for a period not in excess of 10 days.
[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
C. 
For the third and subsequent offenses, be summoned in writing by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative to appear at the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department at a specified time with his or her parent or guardian. After a hearing on the violation of the applicable section of this chapter, one of the following penalties shall be imposed:
[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
(1) 
The registration card and license plate or sticker issued pursuant to § 112-2 of this chapter may be suspended and removed, respectively, for a period not in excess of 30 days; or
(2) 
The registration card and license plate or sticker issued pursuant to § 112-2 of this chapter may be revoked. In order to secure a new registration card and license plate or sticker, the violator must again proceed in accordance with § 112-2 of this chapter.
D. 
A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter by any person under 18 years of age shall not be considered a criminal offense or be made a matter of court record.

§ 112-16 Penalty for non-minors.

[Amended 10-20-1987 by Ord. No. 833; 8-18-1998 by Ord. No. 910; 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Any person 18 years of age or older or any business who violates any provision of this chapter, or any parent or guardian of any minor child who normally permits such child to violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before a district justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs of prosecution, and/or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 90 days. In default of payment of such fine, the bicycle involved in the violation of this chapter shall be impounded by the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative in a protected area until such time as such fine is paid in full. In addition, the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative may suspend or revoke the registration card and remove the license plate or sticker of any bicycle issued pursuant to § 112-2 of this chapter for such time and in such manner as set forth in § 112-15 of this chapter.

§ 112-17 Suspension of certificate or registration.

[Amended 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 1014]
Upon any suspension or revocation of a bicycle registration card and removal of a license plate or sticker pursuant to §§ 112-15 and 112-16 of this chapter, the Police Chief of the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department or his authorized representative shall immediately notify the Borough Secretary of such suspension, revocation, and/or removal.