City of Pawtucket, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket, approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Secs. 5-1 through 5-17 of the 1966 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Motorized vehicles in parks — See Ch. 294.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 388.

§ 124-1 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in this chapter.

§ 124-2 Parent and guardians not to authorize violations of chapter.

The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

§ 124-3 Applicability of traffic laws.

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by Chapter 392 and other traffic ordinances of this city applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which, by their nature, can have no application.

§ 124-4 Obedience to 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 turn, left turn 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.

§ 124-5 Riding on right-hand side of roadways.

Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

§ 124-6 Riding bicycles abreast of each other.

Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast.

§ 124-7 Riding on certain roads prohibited.

No person shall ride a bicycle on any roadway or the areas adjacent to the roadways of a freeway, expressway or limited-access highway.

§ 124-8 Speed.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

§ 124-9 Emerging from alley or driveway.

The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on such sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on such roadway.

§ 124-10 Carrying articles.

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.

§ 124-11 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, in such manner is to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

§ 124-12 Riding on sidewalks.

A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
B. 
No person fifteen (15) or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district.
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 audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

§ 124-13 Riding on regular seat.

A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

§ 124-14 Maximum number of riders.

No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

§ 124-15 Lamps and reflectors.

Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible from all distances from fifty (50) feet to three hundred (300) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

§ 124-16 Warning devices.

No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, any siren or whistle.

§ 124-17 Brakes.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.