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Borough of Hamburg, PA
Berks County
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[Ord. 313, 11/3/1958, § 1]
BICYCLE — A device having two tandem wheels of a diameter not less than 10 inches and propelled by human power.
[Ord. 313, 11/3/1958, § 2; as amended by Ord. 415, 7/10/1973, § 1; by Ord. 494, 5/22/1979, § 1; by Ord. 642, 4/3/1995, § 2; and by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
No person who resides within this Borough shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any street or public place within this Borough unless said bicycle has been properly registered and tagged in accordance with the following regulations:
Every owner or operator of any bicycle within the Borough of Hamburg shall make application to the Chief of Police for registration of said bicycle.
Registrations of bicycles shall be serially numbered and kept on file by the Chief of Police. A charge in an amount as established, from time to time, by resolution of the Borough Council shall be made for each registration.
The Chief of Police, or an officer assigned to him, upon receiving proper registration of a bicycle, shall affix or cause to be affixed to the frame of the bicycle an identification tag serially numbered to correspond with the bicycle registration in such position as to be plainly visible. A registration card shall be issued to the owner of each properly registered bicycle.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of:
The number of each registration.
Date issued.
Name and address of person to whom issued.
The make and number of each bicycle frame.
A record of all bicycle registrations.
Bicycles registered under the provisions hereof shall be registered once as long as the individual owns the bicycle. A charge in an amount as established, from time to time, by resolution of the Borough Council shall be made per registration. The Chief of Police shall affix a tag, plate or other means of identification to each bicycle at the time of such registration.
Within 10 days after sale, transfer or dismantling of any registered bicycle such information shall be reported to the Chief of Police by the person in whose name the bicycle was registered. Such a person may have the identification tag or plate replaced with a new tag or plate upon registration of such bicycle.
Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a report within five days to the Chief of Police of every bicycle purchased or sold by such dealer giving:
The name and address of the person from whom purchased or to whom sold.
A description of such bicycle by name or make.
The frame number thereof.
The number of the identification plate, if any, found thereon.
A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is properly registered and tagged and unless such bicycle is provided with the equipment required under the terms of this Part.
It shall be unlawful for any person wilfully or maliciously to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the identification tag or plate, frame number of the bicycle or the registration card issued to the owner thereof.
[Ord. 313, 11/3/1958, § 5; as amended by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
A bicycle shall be operated only on the roadway as near to the right hand side as possible. Bicycles shall not be operated on the sidewalks in the business district.
The operator of a bicycle shall obey all official traffic signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
The operator of a bicycle emerging from a driveway or building shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians on the sidewalk and to all vehicles on the roadway.
The operator of a bicycle shall not carry any other person upon the handlebar, frame or any part of the bicycle. This provision shall not be construed to prohibit the use of bicycles built to be operated by two or more persons.
The operator of a bicycle shall not indulge in any abnormal or trick riding and shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times while in use.
Operators of bicycles shall not ride in any manner other than single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
The operators of bicycles shall not hitch onto vehicles upon a roadway.
The operator of a bicycle shall park same upon the roadway at the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building except windows or glass doors thereof in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
[Ord. 313, 11/3/1958, § 6; as amended by Ord. 415, 7/10/1973, § 2]
Every bicycle operated upon any street or public place in the Borough shall be equipped with brakes in good condition, with lights and/or reflectors as required by State law and with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for at least 100 feet except that no bicycle shall be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle. All mechanical parts of the bicycle shall be in good working condition.
[Ord. 313, 11/3/1958, § 7; as amended by Ord. 415, 7/10/1973, § 3; by Ord. 550, 9/30/1985; and by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of this Part shall be upon conviction thereof, sentenced to a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or, in the alternative, to impounding of the bicycle for not more than seven days.
Provided, any bicycle owned and/or operated by a nonresident of this Borough and the owner or operator thereof as well shall be subject to all provisions of this Part, except that registration of the bicycle shall not be required; provided, further, any violation of any provision of this Part which is also a violation of any specific provision in the laws of Pennsylvania or in the Borough's motor vehicle and traffic ordinance [Chapter 15], as the case may be, and not under this Part.