City of Rehoboth Beach, DE
Sussex County
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§ 92-18 Restrictions on operation.

[Amended 5-8-1998 by Ord. No. 598-2]
A. 
No person shall ride or operate any bicycle on the sidewalks adjoining the following streets at any time:
(1) 
Rehoboth Avenue, from the main Boardwalk to 6th Street.
(2) 
First Street, from the south side of Virginia Avenue to the north side of Brooklyn Avenue.
B. 
No person who is 12 years of age or over shall ride or operate any bicycle on any sidewalk adjoining any street within the corporate limits of the City of Rehoboth Beach.
C. 
No person shall ride or operate any bicycle on the main Boardwalk between the hours of 10:00 a.m., prevailing time, and daybreak on the following day, from May 15 to September 15, both dates inclusive, of any year.
[Amended 12-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1211-02]
D. 
No person shall ride or operate any bicycle on the bandstand or any public structure throughout the entire year. The term "public structure" shall, in addition to its ordinary meaning, include but not be limited to the City's benches, plaques, memorials and steps.

§ 92-19 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 92-19, Lights, required, was repealed 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02.

§ 92-20 Trick riding prohibited.

No person shall ride upon the handlebars of any bicycle or motorcycle.

§ 92-21 Regulations for operation.

A. 
The word "bicycle" shall be defined as that certain class of vehicles which are exclusively human-powered by means of foot pedals, which the driver normally rides astride, which have not in excess of three wheels and which may be commonly known as unicycles, bicycles and tricycles. The term "bicycle" also includes a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (one horsepower), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 miles per hour.
[Amended 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02]
B. 
When two or more persons in a group are operating bicycles in a roadway, they shall ride in single file.
C. 
No person operating a bicycle shall cling or attach himself or the bicycle to any other moving vehicle.
D. 
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
E. 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped with seats.
F. 
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway, garage or a private walkway or intersecting street shall stop the bicycle immediately prior to driving onto or across a public sidewalk or onto or across a public sidewalk line projecting across a street or alley and shall exercise extreme care in making such movements.
G. 
No person shall operate a bicycle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or while physically or mentally unfit to operate safely the same.
H. 
Every bicycle shall be equipped as follows:
[Amended 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02; 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-02]
(1) 
When operated within the period from sunset to sunrise, with a lamp attached to the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of no less than 500 feet to the front.
(2) 
With a red reflector attached to the rear which shall be visible for 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
(3) 
When operated within the period from sunset to sunrise, with reflective material of sufficient size and reflectivity to be visible from both sides for 600 feet when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle or, in lieu of such reflective material, with a lighted lamp visible from both sides from a distance of at least 500 feet.
(4) 
A bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition to those required by Subsections H(1) through (3) of this section.
(5) 
With a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
I. 
No person shall operate a bicycle which is not in such mechanical condition that it can be operated safely.
J. 
All bicycles, when operated on roadways, streets, thoroughfares or other public ways within the corporate limits of the City of Rehoboth Beach, shall be kept to the right and shall be operated as near as practicable to the right-hand edge of the public way.
K. 
A bicycle may be equipped with a bell or other signaling device; however, no bicycle shall be equipped with a siren or whistle. No person may use a siren or whistle when operating a bicycle.
[Amended 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-02]
L. 
No bicycle shall be operated in the City faster than is reasonable or proper, and every bicycle shall be operated with reasonable regard to the safety of the rider and of other persons and property on the public way and the sidewalks adjoining the same.
M. 
Every person operating a bicycle shall observe strictly all traffic signs and signals and all other traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto and shall obey the orders and directions of every officer of the City of Rehoboth Beach authorized to regulate traffic.
N. 
No person shall, while operating a bicycle, indulge or engage in any kind of trickery or unsafe riding.
O. 
The operator of a bicycle on a public way, when making a right turn, shall follow the right-hand edge of the public way, and the operator of a bicycle on a public way, when making a left turn, shall approach the point of turning in the traffic lane nearest the center of the roadway or, in the case of a one-way street, shall approach the point of turning nearest the side of the public way in which the turn is to be made.
P. 
No operator of a bicycle shall start, slow down, stop or attempt to turn without first indicating such movement.
Q. 
No bicycle shall be attached to a parking meter, post, tree or bench located on any sidewalk, boardwalk, street or public place within the corporate limits of the City.
[Amended 4-21-2003 by Ord. No. 0503-8]
R. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof before a court of common jurisdiction, shall be fined not less than $5 nor more than $100 and shall pay the cost of prosecution. Owners or operators of bicycles in violation of Subsection Q of this section shall, in addition to being subject to fines and costs, be subject to having their bicycle removed and impounded by the City's Police Department and stored at a storage facility designated by the City's Chief of Police. In cases where the impoundment of a bicycle results in the removal of a chain, lock, or other securing device, the City and/or the City's Police Department shall not be liable to the owner or operator of the bicycle for damage and/or the cost of repair or replacement of any securing device.
[Added 4-21-2003 by Ord. No. 0503-8]
S. 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the use of both hands in the control and operation of the bicycle. A person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02]
T. 
A person operating a bicycle shall give hand and arm signals as follows:
[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02]
(1) 
Left turn: left hand and arm extended horizontally and to the left side of the bicycle.
(2) 
Right turn: right hand and arm extended horizontally and to the right side of the bicycle or the left hand and arm extended upward.
(3) 
Stop or decrease speed: left hand and arm extended downward from the left side of the bicycle.
(4) 
A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the bicycle before turning, and shall be given while the bicycle is stopped waiting to turn. A signal by hand and arm need not be given continuously if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle.
U. 
A person shall not drive a bicycle with earplugs in both ears or while wearing a headset covering both ears. A prosthetic device which aids the hard-of-hearing is not an earplug or a headset under this subsection.
[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02]
V. 
Bicycle-mounted police officers, while responding to an emergency or during the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, are exempt from the obligations under this article.
[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 0708-02]

§ 92-22 Helmet requirements.

[Added 4-12-1996 by Ord. No. 496-1]
A. 
A person under 18 years of age shall not operate or ride as a passenger upon any bicycle unless that person is wearing an approved, properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet. This requirement shall apply to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat which is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle. For purposes of this section, an "approved helmet" means a bicycle helmet which conforms to the following standards:
[Amended 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-03]
(1) 
A bicycle helmet that was manufactured prior to March 11, 1999, shall meet or exceed the minimum bicycle helmet safety standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
(2) 
A bicycle helmet that was manufactured on or after March 11, 1999, shall meet or exceed the minimum bicycle helmet safety standards set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
B. 
Any parent or guardian who fails to cause the parent's or guardian's child to wear a bicycle helmet, as provided herein, shall be fined for the first offense $25, and for each subsequent offense, $50.
[Amended 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-03]
C. 
The City's Alderman's Court or any other court may dismiss all charges pursuant to this section upon presentation of evidence that a violator hereof has purchased or obtained a bicycle helmet which meets or exceeds the standards set forth herein subsequent to the violation.
D. 
The requirements of this section shall apply at all times while a bicycle is being operated on any property open to the public or used by the public for pedestrian and vehicular purposes within the City.
E. 
Failure to wear a bicycle helmet as herein described shall not be considered evidence of either comparative or contributory negligence in any civil suit arising out of any accident in which a person under 18 years of age is injured, nor shall failure to wear a bicycle helmet be admissible as evidence in the trial of any civil action.
[Amended 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-03]
F. 
It is an affirmative defense to a violation of the helmet requirements of this section that the violator is a member of a recognized church or religious denomination and whose religious convictions, in accordance with the tenets and practices of the violator's church or religious denomination, are against the wearing of a helmet.
[Added 9-20-2013 by Ord. No. 0913-03]