City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rochester City Council 1-24-1967 by Ord. No. 67-37. (This ordinance replaced an ordinance adopted 1-22-1952, as last amended 1-24-1961.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Riding of bicycles in cemeteries — See Ch. 43, § 43-11.
Bicycle dealers — See Ch. 71, § 71-8.
Use on golf courses — See Ch. 79, § 79-16.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 111.

§ 34-1 Definitions.

As used in chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Includes every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals having wheels, any two of which are more than 16 inches in diameter.

§ 34-2 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-2, Registration of bicycles, as amended, was repealed 6-18-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-201.

§ 34-2.1 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-2.1, Sale or release of bicycles, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.

§ 34-3 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-3, Applications for registration, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.

§ 34-4 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-4, Issuance of registration cards and plates, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.

§ 34-5 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-5, Fees for an expiration of licenses, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.

§ 34-6 Regulations.

[Amended 6-27-1967 by Ord. No. 67-205; 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208; 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216]
A. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A, prohibiting destruction or alteration of a registration certificate, was repealed 6-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-197.
B. 
Bicycles shall not be ridden two or more abreast.
C. 
Children under 12 years of age shall ride velocipedes or tricycles only on the sidewalk and must walk velocipedes or tricycles across all streets. Children under 12 years of age shall ride bicycles only on the sidewalk unless accompanied by a person over 18 years of age. Outside of the Central Traffic District,[2] persons over 12 years of age may ride bicycles upon any multi-use trail or sidewalk but may not ride bicycles on any plot in the roadway planted with grass, flowers or shrubs or on any ornamental parkway in any roadway. Within the Central Traffic District, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is prohibited except where the sidewalk is identified as part of the Genesee River Trail or other multi-use trail system. The prohibition against riding bicycles upon sidewalks in the Central Traffic District shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their duties.
[Amended 5-12-1992 by Ord. No. 92-155; 10-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-327]
[2]
Editor's Note: For the definition of "Central Traffic District," see § 111-2.
D. 
Bicycle riders shall not pull or tow a sled, wagon or another person on skates.
E. 
Bicycle riders must keep at least one hand on handlebars and both feet on pedals.
F. 
No person shall operate a bicycle equipped with handlebars so raised that the rider must elevate his or her hands above the level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area.
[Amended 2-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-22]
G. 
Bicycle riding by children under 12 years of age is forbidden in the Central Traffic District, unless accompanied by a person over 18 years of age.[3]
[Amended 10-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-327]
[3]
Editor's Note: For the definition of "Central Traffic District," see § 111-2.
H. 
When riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, bicycle riders shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
[Added 10-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-327]

§ 34-7 Penalties.

[Amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208]
A. 
The Municipal Code Violations Bureau shall hear and determine charges involving violations of this chapter. Any person who violates this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 13A-11 of the Municipal Code.
[Amended 6-19-1990 by Ord. No. 90-258]
B. 
If said violator is a minor, the Rochester Police Department Juvenile Unit will notify by mail said minor's parent or guardian and shall specify the violation and the time and place where said violation occurred. The form letter sent to the parent shall have space for said parent to acknowledge receipt of letter and return to the Juvenile Unit. This procedure will enable the Juvenile Unit to have knowledge that said parent or guardian was properly notified of the violator's infraction.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]

§ 34-8 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 34-8, Record of violations, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.