City of New Lisbon, WI
Juneau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of New Lisbon 4-2-2001 as Title 10, Ch. 2, of the 2001 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Minors — See Ch. 360.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 381.
Snowmobiles — See Ch. 426.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 478.

§ 229-1 Definitions.

The following definitions shall be applicable in this chapter:
BICYCLE
Every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels, any two of which are not less than 20 inches in diameter.
BICYCLE LANE
That portion of a roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles and so designated by appropriate signs and markings by the responsible governing body.
BICYCLE WAY
Any path or sidewalk, or portion thereof, designated for the use of bicycles by the responsible governing body.
BIKE ROUTE
Any bicycle lane, bicycle way or highway which has been duly designated by the responsible governing body and identified by appropriate signs and markings.[1]
CARRIER
Any device attached to a bicycle designed for carrying articles.
PLAY VEHICLE
Any coaster, skateboard, roller skates, sled, rollerblades, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 229-2 Lighting and other equipment.

No person shall operate a bicycle upon a highway unless equipped as required in § 347.489, Wis. Stats.

§ 229-3 Rules of the road.

The provisions of Chs. 346 and 347, Wis. Stats., and applicable City ordinances shall govern the operation of bicycles where appropriate. Every person driving 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 state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of the City applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Ch. 478, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 229-4 Play vehicles.

A. 
No persons shall ride on or propel themselves by means or use of any skateboard, roller skate, roller ski or other similar devices on streets and sidewalks in the business district.
B. 
On sidewalks other than those set forth in Subsection A, no persons shall ride on or propel themselves by means or use of any skateboard, roller skate, roller ski or other similar device without consent of the property owner.
C. 
Any persons riding on or propelling themselves by means or use of any skateboard, roller skate, roller ski or other similar device on any street within the corporate limits of the City of New Lisbon shall obey all lawful traffic laws, rules and regulations.
D. 
No persons shall erect, maintain or use any ramp, scaffold, jump or other device used for the purpose of skateboarding, roller-skating, roller-skiing or using other like devices, except on private property with the consent of the owner.
E. 
The penalty for violation of this section shall be a forfeiture of not less than $5 nor more than $50 plus applicable court costs and assessments.
F. 
Upon violation of this section and upon issuance of a citation, law enforcement officers shall have the authority to confiscate the skateboard, roller skates or roller ski of any person found to be a minor and shall retain the same at the office of the City of New Lisbon Police Department until the forfeiture is paid and further may require that the parent or legal guardian of said minor appear in person or contact the Police Department by other means before releasing the confiscated item to said minor.
G. 
Specifically adopted by reference are the following statutes regulating in-line skates and play vehicles:
§ 340.01(24m) Definition of "in-line skates"
§ 340.01(43m)(b) "Play vehicle" does not include in-line skates
§ 349.235 Authority to restrict use of in-line skates on roadway
§ 346.94(17) In-line skates on roadway

§ 229-5 General bicycle regulations.

A. 
Parental responsibility. No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of §§ 229-3 and 229-4 and this section.
B. 
Street operation.[1]
(1) 
Unless preparing to make a left turn, every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway carrying two-way traffic shall ride as near as possible to the right edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. On one-way roadways, the operator of the bicycle shall ride as near as possible to the right edge or left edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, allowing a minimum of three feet between his bicycle and the vehicle.
(2) 
Every person when operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride such bicycle in single file.
(3) 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. Infant seats are permitted if securely attached to the frame at the top mount and to the axle and frame at the rear bottom mount and if provided with handholds, footrests, foot guards and safety belt. The use of a backpack for carrying an infant is permitted. Persons are not permitted to be located on a bicycle in front of the operator of the bicycle.
(4) 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the safe operation of the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
(5) 
No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or feet from the pedals or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street.
(6) 
Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
(7) 
No person may operate a bicycle or moped upon a roadway where a sign is erected indicating that bicycle riding is prohibited.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Bicycle parking. No bicycle shall be parked in front of or adjacent to any commercial establishment unless the bicycle is parked on the sidewalk parallel to the street and as close as possible to the curb. No person shall leave a bicycle at such a place or in such a way as to create a hazard to pedestrians, automobile operators or to anyone else.[2]
[2]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 10-2-5(d), Required equipment, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See § 229-2, Lighting and other equipment.
D. 
Display of registration. A valid registration tag must be displayed on the bicycle so that it is clearly visible.[3]
[3]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
E. 
Bicycles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall cling or attach himself/herself or his/her bicycle to any other moving vehicle upon a street or highway, nor shall the operator of any such bicycle tow or draw any coaster wagon, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicles or any other similar vehicle on such highway.
F. 
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions or in excess of any posted speed limit.
G. 
Operation on sidewalks. Except upon a footbridge, no person shall ride any bicycle upon any sidewalk area in the business district. This prohibition shall not apply to bicycles with wheels sized 20 inches or under, except that this exception shall not apply to bicycles designed or modified to BMX specifications.
H. 
Bicycle operation while hearing obstructed. No person may operate a bicycle upon a highway while such operator is using any audio device attached directly to the ear or ears of such operator that materially impairs the ability of such operator to hear traffic signals or warnings.
I. 
Mopeds prohibited on bicycle ways. No person may ride a moped or motor bicycle with the power unit in operation upon a bicycle way.
J. 
Riding bicycle on bicycle lane.
(1) 
Unless two-way traffic is authorized by the Common Council on any portion of a roadway which it has set aside as a bicycle lane and appropriate traffic signs are installed, every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction in which vehicular traffic on the lane of the roadway nearest the bicycle lane is traveling.
(2) 
Entering or exiting bicycle lane.
(a) 
Unless otherwise provided under Subsection J(2)(b) below, a person operating a bicycle may enter or leave a bicycle lane only at intersections or at driveways adjoining the bicycle lane.
(b) 
A person may leave a bicycle lane at any point by dismounting from the bicycle and walking it out of the lane. A person may enter a bicycle lane at any point by walking his bicycle into the lane and then mounting it.
(3) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider proceeding in the same direction.
(4) 
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles in the bicycle lane. Upon leaving a bicycle lane, the operator of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians.
K. 
Riding bicycle on bicycle way.
(1) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way shall:
(a) 
Exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider or a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction.
(b) 
Obey each traffic signal or sign facing a roadway which runs parallel and adjacent to a bicycle way.
(2) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way open to two-way traffic shall ride on the right side of the bicycle way.
(3) 
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle way shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles and pedestrians in the bicycle way.

§ 229-6 Registration of bicycles.

A. 
Registration required.
(1) 
When required.
(a) 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle within the City on any street, alley or highway, or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, unless such bicycle has been registered and a registration tag is attached thereto as provided herein.
(b) 
Registration shall be required of all residents of the City and nonresidents who operate bicycles upon the streets of the City habitually or frequently. It shall not be required of casual travelers or tourists passing through the City on their bicycles.
(2) 
Time limit. All bicycles shall be registered within 10 days of purchase.
B. 
Application for bicycle registration.
(1) 
Form. Application in duplicate for a bicycle registration tag shall be made upon a form provided by the City and shall be made to the Chief of Police. Such application shall contain the applicant's name, date of birth and address, together with the bicycle registration number.
(2) 
Fee. No fee shall be charged for registering a bicycle.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
Term. The registration shall commence upon registration and shall remain valid as long as that person owns the bicycle. Within 10 days of acquiring a bicycle, the new owner shall register the bicycle with the City.[2]
[2]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Inspection of bicycle.
(1) 
The Police Department shall inspect each bicycle before registering the same and shall refuse registration for any bicycle which it determines to be in unsafe mechanical condition.
(2) 
The Police Department shall inspect every bicycle for a serial number; and if no serial number is found, one shall be assigned to and stamped on the frame of such bicycle.
D. 
Issuance of registration.
(1) 
The Police Department, upon receiving proper application therefor, shall issue a bicycle registration which shall be valid for the period herein provided.
(2) 
The Police Department shall not issue a registration for any bicycle when it knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant is not the owner of, or entitled to possession of, such bicycle.
(3) 
The Police Department shall keep a record of the number of each registration, the date issued, the name and address of the person to whom issued and the number on the frame of the bicycle for which issued. Registration forms and registration tags shall be serially numbered to coincide with each other.[3]
[3]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
E. 
Attachment of registration tag.
(1) 
The Police Department, upon issuing a bicycle registration, shall also issue a registration tag bearing the registration number assigned to the bicycle and the name of the City.
(2) 
The registration tag shall be affixed to the rear of the bicycle in a conspicuous place.
(3) 
No person shall remove the registration tag from a bicycle.
F. 
Transfer of ownership. Within seven days after any registered bicycle has changed ownership, the person in whose name the bicycle has been registered shall report such information to the Police Department so that the registration can be changed to show the name of the new owner.
G. 
Lost registration. If an owner loses his/her registration tag or if it is destroyed or stolen, he/she shall report the same immediately to the Police Department, which shall issue to such owner a new registration tag at no cost.[4]
[4]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
H. 
Alteration of registration tags. No person shall alter, destroy or counterfeit any registration tag issued in conformity with this section.
I. 
Discontinuance of operation. Any bicycle taken permanently out of operation shall be reported to the Police Department within seven days thereafter and the registration surrendered accordingly.[5]
[5]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
J. 
Unclaimed or unidentified bicycles. All abandoned bicycles and unidentified bicycles remaining in the Police Department shall, at the end of one year, be disposed of pursuant to Department policy.
K. 
Use of another person's bicycle. No person shall intentionally take or ride a bicycle without the consent of the owner.
L. 
Suspension of registration. The Chief of Police may suspend the registration of any bicycle for a violation of this chapter for not to exceed 10 days, such suspension to be in addition to other penalties provided herein.[6]
[6]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 229-7 Bicycle penalties.

A. 
Any person 16 years of age or older who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a uniform traffic citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the Uniform State Traffic Deposit Schedule.
B. 
Any person 12 years of age and up who violates any provisions of this chapter may be issued a citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the Deposit Schedule and, upon conviction thereof, may be required to forfeit not more than $25, together with the cost of the prosecution, and in default of such payment the court may suspend the child's operating privileges, as defined in § 340.01, Wis. Stats., for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days.
C. 
Any person under 14 years of age who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a special bicycle violation warning notice along with the following additional actions:
(1) 
First offense in one year: a warning letter sent to the parent or guardian.
(2) 
Second offense in the same year: bicycle license stickers shall be invalidated by the Chief of Police for a period of not longer than 15 days as said officer may deem necessary. The owner of said bicycle shall use neither this bicycle nor any other bicycle during said suspension.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
Third offense in the same year: bicycle license stickers shall be invalidated by the Chief of Police for a period of not less than 15 days nor more than 30 days as said officer may deem necessary. The owner of said bicycle shall use neither this bicycle nor any other bicycle during said suspension.[2]
[2]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(4) 
Fourth and subsequent offense in the same year: mandatory referral to Juneau County Juvenile Court.
D. 
All violations shall be determined based on the preceding twelve-month period to establish which violation has occurred.
E. 
Any parent or guardian of any child who authorizes or knowingly permits such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be subject to the provisions of §§ 346.77 and 346.82(1), Wis. Stats.