[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough of Rutherford Council 11-16-1971 by Ord. No. 2077-71; amended in its entirety 7-25-2006 by Ord. No. 3116-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever used in this chapter, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context, the terms herein shall be defined as follows:
- Includes vehicles with two wheels, 20 inches or more in diameter, one in front of the other, having a saddle-like seat for the rider, steered by a handlebar and driven by pedals.
- The Borough of Rutherford.
- The Borough Clerk of the Borough of Rutherford.
- GOVERNING BODY
- The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rutherford.
- An individual, association of individuals or corporation.
The following safety rules and regulations for the use of bicycles on the public roadways and public places are hereby established:
Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible for a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a lamp on the rear which shall emit a red light visible for a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear.
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 100 feet; provided, however, that a bicycle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, any siren or whistle.
A person propelling or riding on a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor shall he ride with his feet removed from the pedals or with both hands removed from the handlebars. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed.
No person riding upon a bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle.
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Every person riding or operating a bicycle shall obey all stop signs and traffic signals in the same manner and to the same extent as would be required if said person were operating a motor vehicle.
Every person riding or operating a bicycle shall be required to dismount and walk his or her bicycle across heavily traveled streets.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride in single file; provided, however, that this regulation shall not apply on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
No person shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any sidewalk.
Persons riding or operating bicycles shall comply with the Traffic Laws of the State of New Jersey, the Traffic Ordinance of the Borough and such other rules and regulations as may be adopted from time to time by the governing body.
Any person of 18 years of age and over violating any of the provisions of this chapter may be subjected to a fine of not exceeding $5 by the Judge before whom such person is convicted.
The person applying for a license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $0.50 for each bicycle to be licensed. Duplicate tags will be issued upon satisfactory proof to the Committee of the loss of the original tags, and upon payment of a fee of $0.50. Said license or tag is not transferable.
For each annual renewal, the fee for the license and registration tag shall be the same as for the original thereof. Said licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire of the last day of April of each year.
The application shall state the name, age and address of the applicant and a brief description of the bicycle to be licensed. If the applicant be a minor, the name and address of the applicant's parents or guardian.