City of Geneva, NY
Ontario County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-3-1968 as Ch. 65, Art. VIII and § 65-100B, of the 1968 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Any device propelled by human power which any person may ride having two tandem wheels, either of which is 20 inches in diameter or more.
[Amended by Ord. No. 73-5, eff. 3-7-1973]
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle on any street or upon any public path unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license plate has been attached thereto as provided herein.
[Amended 7-7-1982 by Ord. No. 82-22]
Application for a bicycle license and license plate shall be made upon a form provided by the City and the City Clerk shall have the authority to issue upon the application, in the manner indicated herein, bicycle licenses and license plates. The license fee of 25¢ for each year applied proportionately for a total of 75¢ shall be paid to the City Clerk before each bicycle license is granted.
[Amended 7-7-1982 by Ord. No. 82-22]
All bicycle licenses shall be dated January 1 of the year of issue, and all bicycle licenses and license plates shall expire on December 31 of the third year as indicated on the license.
The City Clerk shall not issue a license or license plate for any bicycle when he knows or has reasonable ground to believe that the applicant is not the owner of or entitled to possession of such bicycle.
A. 
Records. The City Clerk shall keep a record of:
(1) 
The number of each license.
(2) 
The date issued.
(3) 
The name and address of the person to whom the license is issued.
(4) 
The number on the frame of the bicycle for which issued.
(5) 
A record of all bicycle license fees collected by him.
B. 
License plates. The City Clerk upon issuing a bicycle license shall also issue a license plate bearing the license number assigned to the bicycle and the name City of Geneva.
The owner of the bicycle or the person in charge thereof shall cause the license plate to be firmly attached to the rear mud guard of the frame of the bicycle for which issued, in such a position as to be plainly visible from the rear, and such license plate shall not be removed from the bicycle during the period for which it is issued, except upon a transfer of ownership or in the event the bicycle is dismantled.
[Amended 7-7-1982 by Ord. No. 82-22]
Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle, the licensee shall destroy the license plate and may upon proper application, but without the payment of an additional fee, have said plate assigned to another bicycle owned by the applicant.
[Amended by Ord. No. 86-5, eff. 9-3-1986]
A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk. This provision shall not apply, however, to children 12 years of age or under or to handicapped persons who cannot walk.
B. 
No person, except handicapped persons, as indicated in the above subsection, shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk in the Downtown Business District, specifically Exchange Street between Seneca to Lewis Street; Main Street between Seneca and Castle Street; Seneca Street; Castle Street between Main Street to the railroad tracks on E. Castle Street; Linden Street.
[Amended by Ord. No. 72-16, eff. 7-5-1972]
The violation of any provision of this article shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding the sum of $5 for each violation or by imprisonment not exceeding five days, or both said fine and imprisonment. In lieu of the foregoing fine or imprisonment, the punishment for the first violation may, and in the discretion of the City Judge, be a reprimand, and for the second violation by the offender a deprivation of the issue of a bicycle for one week, and for a third violation by the offender a deprivation of the use of a bicycle for one month.
[Adopted 8-4-1971]
Any person who finds a lost bicycle shall within 10 days after the finding or acquisition of possession thereof, either return it to the owner or report such finding or acquisition of possession and deposit such bicycle in a police station or police headquarters of the City of Geneva where the finding occurred or possession was acquired.
The police with whom a found bicycle is deposited shall accept and retain custody of the bicycle and shall give to the person depositing it a receipt identifying the transaction of the deposit and identifying the bicycle.
Such bicycle shall be transmitted, together with the report of the person who deposited it with the police, to the police officer or other official designated to hold such bicycle, who shall make entry in his records of such deposit and the report of the person depositing such bicycle with the police.
A. 
If the report of the person who deposited the bicycle shows that the bicycle was found in a place other than a public street or highway, the police with whom it is deposited shall give notice of the finding and deposit, including the location of the office to which the bicycle is transmitted, to the occupant of the premises where the bicycle was found or to the person in charge of such premises.
B. 
The police with whom a bicycle is deposited shall give notice of the deposit to each person whose name and address appears upon the bicycle or whose name so appears and whose address is known to the police.
A. 
Upon the expiration of six months from the date of the acceptance and retention of the bicycle by the Police Department, or upon the expiration of six months from the date of possession of the bicycle by the Police Department, the police may sell at public auction to the highest bidder after publishing in the Geneva Times a notice of sale, once, and not less than seven days before the date of sale upon due notice of such public sale; such notice of sale being made pursuant to a motion by City Council of the City of Geneva, New York.
B. 
If no bids are received at public sale, and the bicycle has no value, it may be destroyed by the police or if it has salvage value only, it may be sold by the police in such manner as may be reasonable in the circumstances.
If the bicycle is sold at public auction, then the moneys received therefrom shall be retained in a special fund for a period of six months and if no claim made thereon during such period, then at the end of such period, all moneys shall be deposited in the General Fund of the City of Geneva, New York.