Town of Wells, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Wells 3-9-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 212.

§ 88-1 General regulations.

A. 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any public street or highway or across any sidewalk except in a careful and prudent manner and at a reasonable rate of speed.
B. 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any public street or highway or across any sidewalk in said Town unless said bicycle is equipped with a bell, horn or other warning device.
C. 
Persons riding bicycles shall observe all traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto, shall turn only at intersections, shall signal for all turns, shall ride at the right-hand side of any street or highway and shall pass only to the left when passing slow-moving vehicles, with the exception that a pass may be made to the right when slow-moving vehicles are about to make left-hand turns.
D. 
No person shall operate or propel any bicycle without having at least one hand on the handlebars thereof.
E. 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle with any passenger where said bicycle is designed to carry only one person.
F. 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
G. 
No person riding or operating a bicycle shall hold onto any vehicle while said vehicle is in motion.
[Amended 11-7-2000]
H. 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle on any street or highway of the Town after dark unless the same shall be equipped with sufficient light, attached to the front of said bicycle, visible from the front thereof not less than 200 feet and properly lighted, nor without a rear taillight or, in lieu thereof, a reflector attached to and visible from the rear of said bicycle for a distance of 50 feet.
I. 
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any street or highway or across any sidewalk in the Town abreast or to the left of any person so riding or propelling another bicycle.

§ 88-2 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.

§ 88-3 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.
C. 
Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such a pedestrian.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former §§ 60-4 through 60-14, regarding bicycle registration and equipment, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code 11-7-2000 (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 88-4 Disposition of unclaimed bicycles.

Any bicycle that has been in possession of the Wells Police Department for a period of 90 days and is not claimed by the owner will be disposed of by the direction of the Chief of Police of Wells. One item will be printed in the York County Coast Star for one week prior to the disposal of said bicycle or bicycles giving a complete description of the bicycle or bicycles and stating that said bicycle or bicycles will be disposed of if not claimed by a given date.

§ 88-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-7-2000]
Any person of the age of 17 or over who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a civil penalty of not more than $10. The Chief of Police, when satisfied that a juvenile under the age of 17 years has ridden a bicycle in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, may impound the bicycle for a period not to exceed five days for the first offense and for a period not to exceed 10 days for a second offense and for a period not to exceed 30 days for any subsequent offense.