City of Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs as Ch. 14 of the 1970 Code. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Play vehicles — See Ch. 168.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 203.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 225.

§ 75-1 Construal of provisions.

It is a traffic infraction for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections B and C, dealing with parental responsibility and the use of streets or public paths, respectively, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.

§ 75-2 License required.

[Amended 4-19-1976]
No person who resides within the City shall ride or propel a bicycle on any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license plate is attached thereto as provided herein. For purposes of this chapter, college students who live within the City limits are to be considered residents of the City of Saratoga Springs.

§ 75-3 Application for license; fee.

Application for a bicycle license and license plate shall be made upon a form provided by the City and shall be made to the Chief of Police. An annual license fee of $0.25 shall be paid to the City before each license or renewal thereof is granted.

§ 75-4 Issuance of license.

A. 
The Chief of Police, upon receiving proper application therefor, is authorized to issue a bicycle license. Each bicycle license issued under this section shall be effective for the period from June 1 of the year for which issued until May 31 of the following year.
[Amended 4-19-1976]
B. 
The Chief of Police shall not issue a license for any bicycle when he knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant is not the owner of or entitled to the possession of such bicycle.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of the number of each license, 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 and a record of all bicycle license fees collected by him.

§ 75-5 Attachment of license plate.

A. 
The Chief of Police, upon issuing a bicycle license, shall also issue a license plate bearing the license number assigned to the bicycle, the name of the City and the year for which issued.
[Amended 4-19-1976]
B. 
The Chief of Police shall cause such license plate to be firmly attached to rear mudguard or frame of the bicycle for which issued in such position as to be plainly visible from the rear.
C. 
No person shall remove a license plate from a bicycle during the period for which issued, except upon a transfer of ownership or in the event that the bicycle is dismantled and no longer operated upon any street in this City.

§ 75-6 Inspections.

The Chief of Police or an officer assigned such responsibility shall inspect each bicycle before licensing the same and shall refuse a license for any bicycle which he determines is in unsafe mechanical condition.

§ 75-7 Renewal of license.

Upon the expiration of any bicycle license, the same may be renewed upon application and payment of the same fee as upon an original application.

§ 75-8 Transfer of ownership and license.

Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle, the licensee shall remove the license plate and shall either surrender the same to the Chief of Police or may, upon proper application but without payment of additional fee, have said plate assigned to another bicycle owned by the applicant.

§ 75-9 Rental agencies.

A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is licensed and a license plate is attached thereto as provided herein and such bicycle is equipped with the lamps and other equipment required by law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 14-10, Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.

§ 75-10 Effect of traffic control devices.

A. 
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 police officer.
B. 
Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right, left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original §§ 14-12 and 14-13, dealing with the manner of riding and use of roads or paths, respectively, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.

§ 75-11 Speed restriction.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original §§ 14-15, 14-16 and 14-17, dealing with merging into roadways, clinging to vehicles and carrying items, respectively, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994.

§ 75-12 Parking.

No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

§ 75-13 Riding on sidewalks.

A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
B. 
The Chief of Police is authorized to erect signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person, and, when such signs are in place, no person shall disobey the same.

§ 75-14 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994]
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1800 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.