City of Town And Country, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 375.010 Brakes Required.

[Code 1975 §15.11(1); CC 1989 §13-346]
Every bicycle and motorized bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle or motorized bicycle within twenty-five (25) feet from a speed of ten (10) miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

Section 375.020 Lights, Reflectors, When Required — Standards To Be Met.

[Code 1975 §15.11(2); CC 1989 §13-347]
A. 
Every bicycle and motorized bicycle when in use on a street or highway during the period from one-half (½) hour after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise shall be equipped with the following:
1. 
A front-facing lamp on the front or carried by the rider which shall emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at five hundred (500) feet;
2. 
A rear-facing red reflector, at least two (2) square inches in reflective surface area, or a rear-facing red lamp, on the rear which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lower beams of vehicle headlights at six hundred (600) feet;
3. 
Reflective material and/or lights on any part of the bicyclist's pedals, crank arms, shoes or lower leg, visible from the front and the rear at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at two hundred (200) feet; and
4. 
Reflective material and/or lights visible on each side of the bicycle or bicyclist and visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at three hundred (300) feet. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to motorized bicycles which comply with National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration regulations relating to reflectors on motorized bicycles.

Section 375.030 Rights and Duties of Bicycle and Motorized Bicycle Riders.

Every person riding a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle as provided by Chapter 304, RSMo., except as to special regulations in Sections 307.180 to 307.193, RSMo., and except as to those provisions of Chapter 304, RSMo, which by their nature can have no application.

Section 375.040 Riding.

[Code 1975 §15.11(4); CC 1989 §13-349]
No bicycle or motorized bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is designed or equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his/her person in a backpack or sling.

Section 375.050 Riding On Roadways and Bicycle Paths.

Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, except when making a left turn, when avoiding hazardous conditions, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street. Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding other vehicles.

Section 375.060 Bicycles and Motorized Bicycles On Sidewalks.

[Code 1975 §15.11(10); CC 1989 §13-355]
A. 
A person may not propel or operate a motorized bicycle on sidewalks or crosswalks.
B. 
A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrians and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
C. 
A person shall not ride a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, where such use of bicycles is prohibited by official traffic control devices.
D. 
A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

Section 375.070 Inspection.

[Code 1975 §15.11(11); CC 1989 §13-356]
A uniformed City Police Officer may at any time, upon reasonable cause to believe that a bicycle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the person riding the bicycle or motorized bicycle to stop and submit the bicycle or motorized bicycle to an inspection and such test with reference thereto as may be appropriate.

Section 375.080 Valid License Required To Operate A Motorized Bicycle.

[Code 1975 §15.11(13); CC 1989 §13-357]
No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any highway or street in this City unless he/she has a valid license.

Section 375.090 Operation of Motorized Bicycles Prohibited On Designated Federal Interstate Highway System.

[Code 1975 §15.11(14); CC 1989 §13-358]
No motorized bicycle may be operated on any public thoroughfare located within this City which has been designated as part of the Federal interstate highway system.

Section 375.100 Equipment and Construction Requirements For Motorized Bicycles.

[Code 1975 §15.11(15); CC 1989 §13-359]
No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any street or highway in this City unless it is equipped in accordance with the minimum requirements for construction and equipment of MOPEDS, Regulation VESC-17, approved July 1977, as promulgated by the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission.

Section 375.105 Bicycles, In-Line Skates, Roller Skates, Skateboards, Non-Motorized Scooters or Any Other Similar Two- or Four-Wheeled Recreational Devices — Helmet Required.

[Ord. No. 2674 §1, 3-12-2002]
A. 
Every person operating or being a passenger on a bicycle or using in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards or scooters or any other similar two- or four-wheeled recreational devices upon any highway, roadway, alleyway or public right-of-way within the City limits of the City of Town and Country shall wear a bicycle helmet of good fit, fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet.
B. 
"Bicycle helmet" shall be defined as a piece of headgear which meets or exceeds the impact standard for protective bicycle helmets set by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Federal safety standards, those developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Snell Memorial Foundation or the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).
C. 
No parent, custodian or legal guardian of a person age sixteen (16) and under shall knowingly permit said person:
1. 
To operate or be a passenger on a bicycle operated upon any highway, roadway, alleyway or public right-of-way within the City limits of the City of Town and Country without wearing a helmet as required by this Section, or
2. 
To use in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards or scooters upon any highway, roadway, alleyway or public right-of-way within the City limits of the City of Town and Country without wearing a bicycle helmet as defined in this Section.
D. 
No person operating a bicycle upon any highway, roadway, alleyway or public right-of-way within the City limits of the City of Town and Country shall allow anyone who is four (4) years old or younger to ride as a passenger on the bicycle other than in a seat which shall adequately retain the passenger in place and protect the passenger from the bicycle's moving parts.
E. 
Any operator or passenger, as defined in this Section, found to be in violation of this Section may be issued an equipment violation notice as prescribed on a Missouri Uniform Complaint and Summons. Every violation of any provision of this Section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00); provided however, that any person responsible for payment of the violation of this Section may have the violation dismissed, if the person submits a receipt for a proof of purchase of a bicycle helmet along with the helmet to the Town and Country Police Department within fourteen (14) calendar days of the date of the violation notice. An affidavit of helmet ownership shall be accepted in lieu of a receipt of helmet purchase. The right to a dismissal as stated herein shall be applicable only to those persons who receive or are responsible for a first (1st) violation of this Section.
F. 
Fines assessed to juvenile violators (age sixteen (16) and under) will be the legal responsibility of the violator's parent, custodian or legal guardian and therefore any summons issued as a result of a violation committed by such a juvenile shall be issued to said violator's parent, custodian or legal guardian.

Section 375.110 Penalty For Violation.

Any person seventeen (17) years of age or older who violates any provision of this Article, is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Such an infraction does not constitute a crime and conviction shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a criminal offense. If any person under seventeen (17) years of age violates any provision of this Article in the presence of a Peace Officer possessing the duty and power of arrest for violation of the general criminal laws of the State or for violation of ordinances of counties or municipalities of the State, said officer may impound the bicycle or motorized bicycle involved for a period not to exceed five (5) days upon issuance of a receipt to the child riding it or to its owner.

Section 375.120 Traffic Regulations Apply.

[Code 1975 §15.12(1); CC 1989 §13-376; Ord. No. 1975 §1, 7-8-1996]
Every person operating a motorcycle shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this Title, except as to special regulations in this Title and except as to those provisions of this Article which by their very nature can have no application.

Section 375.130 Riding On Motorcycles.

[Code 1975 §15.12(2); CC 1989 §13-377]
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator.

Section 375.140 Operating Motorcycles On Roadways Laned For Traffic.

[Code 1975 §15.12(3); CC 1989 §13-378]
A. 
All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.
B. 
The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
C. 
No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
D. 
Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two (2) abreast in a single lane.
E. 
Subsections (B) and (C) of this Section shall not apply to Police Officers in the performance of their official duties.

Section 375.150 Clinging To Other Vehicles.

[Code 1975 §15.12(4); CC 1989 §13-379]
It shall be unlawful for any person riding upon a motorcycle to attach himself/herself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle on a roadway.

Section 375.160 Footrests and Handlebars.

[Code 1975 §15.12(5); CC 1989 §13-380]
A. 
No person shall ride upon a motorcycle as a passenger unless such vehicle is equipped with footrests for such passenger.
B. 
No person shall operate any motorcycle with any part of the handlebars more than fifteen (15) inches in height above that portion of the seat occupied by the operator.

Section 375.170 Equipment For Motorcycle Riders.

[Code 1975 §15.12(6); CC 1989 §13-381]
No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he/she is wearing protective headgear which complies with standards established by the State Director of Revenue.

Section 375.180 Valid State License Required To Lend, Lease or Rent.

[Code 1975 §15.12(7); CC 1989 §13-382]
No person shall rent, lease or lend any motorcycle to any person without first ascertaining that such person possesses a valid State license for the operation of a motorcycle upon a street or highway.

Section 375.190 Penalty and Additional Court Costs For Violations.

[CC 1989 §13-386; Ord. No. 1975 §1, 7-8-1996]
Notwithstanding any other provision of this City's ordinances, the penalty for failure to wear protective headgear as required by Section 375.170 of this Chapter shall be a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00). No points shall be assessed under Section 302.302, RSMo., for failure to wear protective headgear. Notwithstanding all other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary, no court costs shall be imposed upon any person due to such violation.