[HISTORY: Adopted by Common Council of City of North Tonawanda 5-12-1947. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful on and after the first day of June 1947 for any person to operate or use a bicycle propelled wholly or in part by muscular power upon any of the streets, alleys or public highways of the City of North Tonawanda without first obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
The Mayor is hereby authorized and directed to issue, upon written application, bicycle licenses, which shall be effective from the first day of January 1962 to and including December 31, 1963, and thereafter said licenses shall be issued for two calendar years commencing on the first day of January in each even-numbered year and ending on the 31st day of December in each odd-numbered year. Said licenses when issued shall entitle the licensee to operate such bicycle for which said license has been issued upon all the streets, alleys and public highways in the City of North Tonawanda. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 1962.
The City of North Tonawanda shall provide each year metallic license plates, together with registration cards having numbers stamped thereon in numerical order beginning with Number 1 and indicating the year for which the same are issued; such metallic license plates shall be suitable for attachment upon the frames of bicycles, and it shall be the duty of the Police Department to attach one such metallic license plate to the frame of each bicycle, and to issue a registration card to the licensee upon due proof of the payment of the license fee herein provided. Such metallic license plates shall remain attached during the existence of such license. The Police Department shall also keep a record of the date of issuance of each license, to whom issued and the number thereof.
All persons engaged in the business of buying second-hand bicycles are hereby required to make report within 24 hours of each such purchase to the Police Department, giving the name and address of the person from whom each bicycle is purchased, the description of each bicycle purchased, the frame number thereof and the number of the metallic license plate found thereon, if any. All persons engaged in the business of selling new or secondhand bicycles are hereby required to make a report within 24 hours of each such sale to the Police Department, giving the name and address of each person to whom sold, the kind of bicycle sold, together with a description and frame number thereof and the number of the metallic license plate attached thereto, if any.
It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle to report such sale or transfer by returning to the Police Department the registration card issued to such person as licensee thereof, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred. Such report shall be made within five days of the date of said sale or transfer. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee of such bicycle to apply for a transfer of registration therefor within five days of said sale or transfer.
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the number of any bicycle frame licensed pursuant to this ordinance. It shall also be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license plate, seal or registration card during the time in which such license plate, seal or registration card is operative; provided, however, that nothing in this ordinance shall prohibit the Police Department from stamping numbers on the frames of bicycles on which no serial number can be found or on which said number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes.
[Amended 9-5-1961; 11-18-1975]
The license fee to be paid for each bicycle license shall be $1 if issued during any even-numbered year and $0.50 if issued during any odd-numbered year, and such fee shall be paid in advance at the time the license is issued. Pursuant to § 18-5 of this ordinance, such license may be transferred when the ownership of said bicycle is transferred, and a fee of $0.50 shall be paid for the registration of such transfer. All license fees collected under this ordinance shall be paid into the general fund of the City of North Tonawanda.
Every person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100 or by imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the penalty hereinabove set forth, the Police Department of the City of North Tonawanda or any of the members thereof may impound and retain possession of any bicycle operated in violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance, and retain possession of the same until the license provided for herein is obtained by the owner of said bicycle.