City of Saco, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 186.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 211.
[Adopted 5-1-1995 as Ch. VII, Sec. 7-14, of the 1994 Code; amended in its entirety 8-4-2008]

§ 69-1 Rules for operation.

A. 
Due care. Every person operating a bicycle upon a bikeway shall:
(1) 
Give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider or a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction.
(2) 
Obey all traffic signals and signs.
(3) 
Follow the rules of the road as established under M.R.S.A. Title 29-A, as amended.
(4) 
Hands on handlebars shall be required at all times, unless signaling.
(5) 
Follow the rules and standards for operation established in M.R.S.A. Title 29-A, Chapters 19 and Chapter 20 (Bicycle Safety Education Act), as amended from time to time.
B. 
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride single file on all roadways.
C. 
Riding bicycles on sidewalks. Riding bicycles is permitted on the sidewalks, unless otherwise prohibited. Whenever riding upon a sidewalk, every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.
D. 
Business district. No person shall ride a bicycle, coaster, roller skates, skateboard, sled, toboggan or any other toy vehicle on the sidewalk in a business district. A "business district," for the purposes of this article, is defined as any area containing primarily commercial-type uses, which generate heavy pedestrian traffic during the business hours. This area will specifically be those portions of Main Street and Elm Street from their intersection south to the Biddeford city line and any public way or sidewalk within 150 feet of this section of Main Street.
E. 
Trick riding prohibited. No person shall engage in trick riding of a bicycle upon any public way.
F. 
Parking. Bicycles parked on streets shall be against the curb in areas where vehicle parking is permitted. Bicycles parked on sidewalks shall be for their support or next to buildings or at the curb and in a manner which affords the least obstruction of pedestrian traffic and maximum amount of support.
G. 
Interference with pedestrians prohibited. No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon a public street in such a manner as to interfere with any pedestrian thereon.
H. 
Municipal parking lots. No person shall ride a coaster, roller skates, skateboard, sled, toboggan or any other toy vehicle in a municipal parking lot. Bicycles shall not be ridden on the train platform, steps or rails in the Saco Island municipal lot.

§ 69-2 Bicycle equipment.

A. 
Lamps. No person may operate a bicycle upon a bikeway during hours of darkness without adequate and required lighting devices, including lamps and reflectors.
B. 
Brakes. No person may operate a bicycle upon a bikeway without adequate and required braking equipment.

§ 69-3 Bicycle disposal.

A. 
The City Police Department may dispose of used, discarded and/or abandoned bicycles as permitted under 25 M.R.S.A. § 3503-B, as amended from time to time.
B. 
As part of its disposal of bicycles, the Police Department may also provide bicycles without fees or charge to any municipally run or established "bike-share" program. The Department may also dispose of bikes by and through a bike-share program that is run, controlled or administered on the City's behalf by a separate not-for-profit corporation.

§ 69-4 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Adults. If a person is an adult, he/she may be issued a citation for court by the officer. The subject party's bicycle or skateboard may be impounded and held until the court enters its judgment.
B. 
Minors. If the person is a minor, the bicycle or skateboard may be impounded for five days (first offense), 10 days (second offense) or 30 days (any other offense). Any person charged with a violation of this article may request a hearing with the Chief of Police or, in his or her absence, the Deputy Chief. Such hearing will be on the next working day.
C. 
Safety classes. The Chief of Police may require any person who commits any bicycle or skateboard offense to attend a special class on bicycle or skateboard safety.
[Adopted 6-5-1995; amended in its entirety 8-4-2008]

§ 69-5 Applicability of bicycle regulations.

In-line skaters shall abide by the following applicable bicycle regulations as promulgated in Article I of this chapter: § 69-1A through H.

§ 69-6 Responsibility of skaters.

When in-line skating upon a public way, skaters shall cease all striding efforts when approaching or being approached by a moving vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian and remain as close to the edge of the way as possible to allow for safe passing.

§ 69-7 Responsibility of motorists.

Motorists, when approaching in-line skaters from behind, shall, when necessary, make their presence known, by use of their audible signaling device, in such a manner as to avoid startling the skater and pass with due care.

§ 69-8 Business district.

In-line skating is prohibited on Main Street between the intersection of Beach Street and the Scarborough line. This ban shall be in effect Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Sundays and holidays shall be excluded.