[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Owego 12-1-1969 as Ch. 5 of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 187.
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Bicycle Ordinance of the Village of Owego, New York."
This chapter shall be effective in the entire area of the village as bounded and defined by the corporate village lines and shall become effective in any area which may, at any time hereafter, be incorporated within said village lines.
The following terms, when used in this chapter, shall, unless otherwise expressly stated or unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, be deemed to mean and include as follows:
- Any vehicle which consists of an arrangement or combination of two wheels, one following the other, supported by a frame and propelled by the feet acting upon pedals.
- PUBLIC STREET OR PUBLIC HIGHWAY
- Any highway, road, street, avenue, alley, alleyway, public place for traffic, public driveway, public parking lot or any other public way, boulevard or drive.
- That portion of a street between the curblines or the lateral lines of a roadway and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians.
Required. It shall be unlawful for any person in the village to operate a bicycle on any street or public place in the village unless the bicycle has been inspected, as hereinafter provided, and registered by the Chief of Police or an authorized police officer at the office of the Chief of Police or such other place as said Chief of Police shall designate.
Annual. Bicycles shall be registered, inspected and tagged annually for the period from June 1 in each year to June 1 in the following year.
Application for registration of a bicycle shall be made to the Chief of Police or a duly authorized police officer by the owner of the bicycle upon suitable application blanks furnished by the Police Department.
No bicycle shall be registered unless it shall, on inspection, be found to be mechanically safe and equipped in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Upon the payment of such fee as may be prescribed by resolution of the Board of Trustees for inspection and registration, the Chief of Police shall issue an identification tag to be affixed to each registered bicycle, and such tag shall not be removed therefrom except by a duly authorized police officer.
Identification tags shall not be transferred from one bicycle to another, and no person shall attach to any bicycle a tag not issued for use thereon.
Upon loss of an identification tag or duplicate and upon application and satisfactory evidence of such loss, a new tag or duplicate shall be issued upon payment of such fee as may be specified by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
Willful mutilation, alteration or destruction of an identification tag issued pursuant to this chapter shall be a violation of the provisions of this chapter.
The Chief of Police shall provide and keep a record of the registration of all bicycles.
In the event that ownership of a registered bicycle is transferred, it must be reregistered by the new owner in the manner set forth in this chapter.
If any bicycle shall be operated on the streets of the village in an unsafe manner or in violation of any statute or any provision of this chapter, the Chief of Police shall be authorized, in his discretion, to cancel the registration of such bicycle and remove the identification tag, if any thereon, and he shall be authorized to impound such bicycle for a period not to exceed 30 days; such cancellation or impoundment shall be separate from and in addition to any other penalty provided in such case.
All moneys received for the inspection and registration of bicycles under the provisions of this chapter shall be accounted for by the Chief of Police, who shall pay over the same to the Village Clerk-Treasurer at monthly intervals.
The Chief of Police of the village is hereby empowered to procure application blanks for the registration of bicycles and identification tags for bicycles registered under this chapter, and the expense thereof, upon audit by the Board of Trustees, shall be paid from the general fund.
No person shall throw, drop or place or cause or procure to be thrown, dropped or placed in or upon any highway, street or public place in the village any glass, tacks, nails or other material or substance which might injure or damage a bicycle or tricycle or any person lawfully thereon.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a street or roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of the village 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.
Streets enumerated. No person shall ride a bicycle, roller skates, skateboards, roller blades or scooters on any of the following designated streets in the village:
Exception. This section shall not apply to newsboys or delivery persons on regular routes.
"Skateboard" and "scooter" defined. For purposes of this section, the terms "skateboard" and "scooter" shall be defined as any mechanical device consisting of an arrangement or combination of two or more wheels, supported by a frame or platform on or in which a person is capable of riding, propelled by feet or arms acting upon or against the ground. Wheelchairs, grocery carts and baby carriages or strollers are specifically excepted from the aforesaid definition.
State law applicable. Every bicycle operated or driven upon any public street in the village shall be equipped and operated in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.
Brakes; steering mechanism; sound device. Every bicycle shall be provided with adequate brakes and steering mechanism and a suitable or adequate horn, bell or other sound device to serve as a danger warning signal, but which shall not be used other than as such warning.
Reflectors; lamps. Every bicycle shall be provided with an approved front reflector and rear reflector to be applied and adjusted to the bicycle in such manner as to be visible for at least 200 feet when opposed by a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlights at night; and provided, further, that every bicycle registered or so operated or driven during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise shall display a lighted lamp on the front which shall be visible from a point 500 feet ahead of such bicycle and which shall project either a white or yellow light.
Riding on bicycles generally.
Manner. A person operating a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride the permanent or regular seat attached thereto.
Passengers. A person operating a bicycle shall not carry another person upon such bicycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon, nor shall any person ride upon a bicycle other than as herein authorized. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions existing at the time and place.
Riding on right. Every person operating a bicycle on a roadway shall ride as near the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
Emerging from alley, driveway, building. The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk or sidewalk area and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.
Clinging to vehicles. No person riding a bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
Riding in a group prohibited. Persons operating a bicycle upon a street or roadway shall ride single file.
Carrying articles. No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or articles which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand on the handlebar.
Duty to yield right-of-way to pedestrian. Wherever any person is riding a bicycle on any sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians and shall give an audible signal before overtaking or passing such pedestrians.
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than in an upright position supported by a rack or its own standard; and if in the roadway, against the curb; and if upon the sidewalk, at the curb or next to the inside edge of said walk; and in any event, in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable, upon conviction, by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, for each such violation, and the court, in its discretion, may prohibit a person so convicted from riding a bicycle for a period not to exceed three months and may order such person's identification tag surrendered.