City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 10-3-1 Purpose.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish rules and regulations that provide for the safe and enjoyable use of bicycles, and to establish designated bicycle routes within the city, consistent with public rights and interest.

§ 10-3-2 State statutes adopted.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the provisions in chapters 340 to 348 of the Wisconsin statutes describing and defining regulations with respect to bicycles, exclusive of any provisions relating to penalties to be imposed and exclusive of any regulations for which the statutory penalty is a fine or term of imprisonment, are hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter.

§ 10-3-3 Bicycle regulations.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Rules for operation.
(1) 
Mode of operation. No bicycle shall be allowed to proceed upon any street or alley in the city by inertia or momentum with the feet of the rider removed from the bicycle pedals. No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or practice any trick or fancy riding in any street or alley in the city.
(2) 
Trick riding. No person shall operate a bicycle upon any street or alley of the city without having manual control of the handlebars or operate a bicycle in any other manner which necessitates the element of unusual extraordinary skill and involves unnecessary risk.
(3) 
Multiple riders. It shall be unlawful for two or more persons to ride on a bicycle at one time on a street or alley, unless the bicycle is designed for and equipped with a seat for each such person.
(4) 
Emerging from alley or driveway. The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall upon approaching a sidewalk, or the point in an alley or driveway corresponding to the projected edge of the sidewalk on either side of such alley or driveway that is furthest from the street, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians and upon entering the street shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on such street.
(5) 
Bicycles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall cling or attach himself or herself or his or her bicycle to any other moving vehicle upon a street or alley.
(6) 
Bicycles not to tow or draw other objects. No person riding upon a bicycle shall tow or draw any coaster wagon, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicles or any other similar vehicle on such street or alley, except a trailer that is designed for transporting a child or children or property if such trailer is designed to be used for such purpose and is securely attached to the bicycle by mechanical means.
(7) 
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle on a street or alley at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under then- existing conditions or in the excess of any posted speed limit.
(8) 
Bicycles to stop for emergency vehicles. The operator of a bicycle shall pull as close to the curb as possible or if there is no curb upon the shoulder of any street and stop when any authorized emergency vehicle approaches with siren or emergency lights engaged.
(B) 
Rules for turning.
(1) 
Right turn. The operator of a bicycle upon a street intending to turn to the right at an intersection shall approach the point of turning in the traffic lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the street, and in turning, shall keep as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of the street.
(2) 
Left turn. The operator of a bicycle upon a street intending to turn to the left at an intersection or into a private driveway shall first signal such turn by hand gesture or an appropriate mechanical or electronic signal device, and shall make such turn from the traffic lane immediately to the right of the center of the street and shall pass immediately to the left of the center of the intersection.
(3) 
Controlled Intersections. At any intersection with a street where traffic is controlled by an official traffic sign, traffic control signal or traffic officer, it shall be unlawful for the operator of a bicycle upon a street to disobey such official traffic sign or signal or the instructions of such traffic officer.
(4) 
Use of crosswalks. Crosswalks shall be used when walking a bicycle through an intersection.
(C) 
Riding on sidewalk.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle on any sidewalk located within the area which is bounded by 9th street on the north, 13th street on the south, 15th avenue on the west and 18th avenue on the east. Bicycles may be operated upon any other public sidewalks of the city.
(2) 
In locations where riding a bicycle is permitted on the sidewalk, every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider or pedestrian proceeding in the same direction.
(D) 
Parking. 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. Bicycles shall be parked either upon a street against the curb, in bicycle racks or, if on the sidewalk, in such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic, and not in such a manner as to obstruct the ingress and egress to buildings used by the public. If there is no bicycle rack or other facility intended to be used for the parking of bicycles in the vicinity, the operator may park a bicycle on the sidewalk in an upright position parallel to and within 24 inches of the curb of a street.

§ 10-3-4 Inspection and registration of bicycles.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Registration required. No person shall operate a bicycle upon any street, alley, bicycle lane, sidewalk, public property or bicycle pathway within the city unless such bicycle shall first have been properly registered and a bicycle identification tag attached as required by this section.
(B) 
Form of registration.
(1) 
Identification. Every owner of a bicycle shall list and register his or her bicycle with the police department on a form as provided by the department.
(2) 
Period of registration. All bicycle registrations shall remain in effect for as long as the bicycle is owned by the original registrant.
(3) 
Owner to register. The police department shall not register any bicycle which it knows or has reasonable grounds to believe is not owned by or lawfully in the possession of the applicant.
(4) 
Issuance of multiple bicycle identification tags. The police department may issue several sequentially numbered bicycle identification tags to bicycle sales stores in the city. Those stores shall affix bicycle identification tags to bicycles as they are sold.
(C) 
Registration fee. The fee for issuance of a bicycle identification tag shall be set by resolution of the council.
(D) 
Records and transmittal of fees.
(1) 
The police department shall keep at its office a suitable record of applications and registrations.
(2) 
A complete report shall be made to the city treasurer by the chief of police, or his or her designee, of funds received for bicycle registration fees, and all such fees shall be paid to the city treasurer for deposit as city revenues.
(E) 
Bicycles to be kept in safe condition. All bicycles shall be kept in safe mechanical condition. The chief of police, or his or her designee, shall have authority to suspend the registration of and remove the bicycle identification tag from any bicycle or to impound any bicycle which is in unsafe mechanical condition or is operated contrary to any state or city law. Such suspension and removal, or impounding shall continue for a period not to exceed 10 days, but the registration shall not be reinstated or such bicycle identification tag replaced if such bicycle is in unsafe condition. Such suspension and removal shall be in addition to other penalties provided by this chapter.
(F) 
Change of ownership. Within 10 days after any bicycle registered hereunder shall have changed ownership or been dismantled and taken out of operation such information shall be reported to the police department by the person in whose name the bicycle has been registered. No new bicycle identification tag shall be issued and no registration fee shall be charged when ownership of a bicycle is transferred to a member of the registrant's immediate family.
(G) 
Registration to be displayed. The bicycle identification tag issued under this section shall be affixed to the registered bicycle so as to be plainly seen and read and shall remain so affixed until ordered removed by the police department for cause. The bicycle identification tag shall be installed on the frame of the bicycle which supports the bicycle seat, facing toward the front of the bicycle.
(H) 
Exemption from registration. Any nonresident may operate a bicycle in the city which is registered in any other municipality without obtaining local registration if a valid bicycle identification tag issued by such other municipality is attached thereto.
(I) 
Removal and alteration of bicycle identification tags prohibited.
(1) 
Removal prohibited. No person shall remove a bicycle identification tag from a bicycle.
(2) 
Alteration prohibited. No person shall alter or counterfeit any bicycle identification tag.

§ 10-3-5 Bicycle dealers and rental agencies.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Buyers. Every person engaged in the business of buying secondhand bicycles shall make a monthly report to the police department listing the name and address of the person from whom each bicycle is purchased, the name, color, type, size and serial number of each bicycle purchased and the number of the bicycle identification tag, if any, found thereon.
(B) 
Sellers. Every person engaged in the business of selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a monthly report to the police department listing the name and address of each person to whom each bicycle is sold, the name, color, type, size and serial number of each bicycle sold and the number of the bicycle identification tag, if any, attached thereto.
(C) 
Rental agencies. No person shall rent or offer to rent any bicycle within the city if such bicycle is not registered, a bicycle identification tag has not been attached, as provided in this chapter, or such bicycle is not equipped as required by the laws of the state of Wisconsin and this chapter.

§ 10-3-6 Vehicles permitted to be operated on bicycle route.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
Any of the following vehicles may be operated on a bicycle route:
(A) 
A bicycle.
(B) 
Any vehicle upon which there is affixed a valid cheese country trail use sticker, except a snowmobile.
(C) 
If the bicycle route is also a street or alley, any other vehicle that may be lawfully operated on such street or alley.

§ 10-3-7 Penalty.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall upon conviction be subject to a Class 5 forfeiture.