City of Albany, NY
Albany County
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[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]

§ 359-1 Alarm bells for bicycles.

All persons riding or propelling with the feet a bicycle, tricycle, velocipede or other vehicle of propulsion on the public streets or avenues or in the parks of this City shall attach to and carry on such vehicle an alarm bell, which said bell the persons shall ring or sound on approaching and within 30 feet of the intersection of any street or avenue proposed to be crossed.

§ 359-2 Speed limit for bicycles.

No person using a bicycle, tricycle, velocipede or other vehicle of propulsion on the public streets or avenues or parks of this City shall propel such vehicle at a rate of speed greater than eight miles an hour, and all such persons shall observe the law of the road.

§ 359-3 Number abreast limited.

No greater number of persons than two abreast shall parade or ride in the streets or avenues or parks of this City at any time on such bicycles, tricycles, velocipedes or other vehicles of propulsion.

§ 359-4 Riding on sidewalks prohibited; exceptions.

No person shall ride any bicycle, tricycle, velocipede or other vehicle of propulsion on or over any footpath in any of the parks, or on or over any of the sidewalks of any of the streets or avenues in this City, except if it is to go into a yard, lot or building; provided, however, that the foregoing provision of this section shall not apply to children under 10 years of age; and provided further that this section shall not be so construed as to prohibit the riding of any bicycle, tricycle or similar vehicle upon or over the unpaved portion of the sidewalk of any such street or streets outside of the thickly settled part of the City as shall be designated in writing by the Mayor. Every designation so made as aforesaid shall be filed with the Chief of Police and may be revoked by the Mayor at any time in his discretion.

§ 359-5 Operation of vehicles generally.

A. 
It is required that all vehicles operated within the City of Albany be in good and safe operating condition, and each shall be operated only:
(1) 
While having a valid New York State Certificate of Inspection affixed on the vehicle in the proper location.
(2) 
While in full compliance with Article 9 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(3) 
While in full compliance with Article 10 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(4) 
While in full compliance with Article 2 of the Transportation Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(5) 
While in full compliance with Article 6 of the Transportation Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(6) 
While in full compliance with Article 21 of the Tax Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(7) 
While in full compliance with Article 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
(8) 
While registered in accordance with Article 14 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, as amended, which article is fully incorporated herein by reference.
B. 
No vehicle may operate within the City of Albany if that vehicle has been determined to be in an unsafe condition by a certified New York State inspector or by a person certified by the State of New York to conduct such inspections.
C. 
No vehicle may operate within the City of Albany if it has been determined that the vehicle should be put out of service by a New York State Department of Transportation inspector.

§ 359-6 Driver restrictions.

No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle nor permit another person to operate or drive a motor vehicle unless the person driving or operating the motor vehicle is duly and properly licensed with a license for the class of vehicle being operated which is in full force and effect and valid pursuant to Articles 19 and 20 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, as amended, which articles are fully incorporated herein by reference.

§ 359-7 Motorized scooters.

[Added 4-18-2005 by Ord. No. 39.122.04]
A. 
Definition of "motorized scooter." For purposes of this section, the term "motorized scooter" shall mean any wheeled device that has handlebars that is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, is powered by an electric motor or by a gasoline motor that is capable of propelling the device without human power, is less than 24 inches in height and is not capable of being registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. For the purposes of this section, the term "motorized scooter" shall not include wheelchairs or other mobility aids designed for use by disabled persons, electric- or gas-powered devices not capable of exceeding 15 miles per hour or "electric personal assistive mobility devices" defined as self-balancing, two-non-tandem-wheeled devices designed to transport one person by means of an electric propulsion system.
B. 
No person shall operate a motorized scooter on public streets or roadways in the City of Albany pursuant to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
C. 
Any person who violates Subsection B of this section may be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of no more than $1,000. Authorized employees of the Police Department shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this section. In addition, such violation shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punishable in accordance with § 1800 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
D. 
Any motorized scooter that has been used or is being used in violation of the provisions of this section may be impounded and shall not be released until any and all removal charges and storage fees and the applicable fines have been paid or a bond has been posted in an amount satisfactory to the Chief of Police.
E. 
No person shall sell, lease or rent a motorized scooter to another person in the City of Albany without informing such buyer, leaser or renter, in writing, that the motorized scooters as defined in this section are illegal to be driven on public streets or roadways pursuant to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Further, anyone selling, leasing or renting motorized scooters shall, at his or her place of business, post a sign not less than 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches stating their illegal use on public streets and roadways pursuant to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
F. 
Any person who violates Subsection E of this section may be liable for a civil penalty of no more than $1,000 for each violation. Each sale, lease or rental of a motorized scooter in violation of Subsection E shall be deemed a separate violation. Authorized employees of the Department, the Police Department, and of any other agency designated by the Mayor shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this section.

§ 359-8 (Reserved)

§ 359-9 (Reserved)

§ 359-10 (Reserved)

§ 359-11 (Reserved)

§ 359-12 (Reserved)