Town of Riverhead, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead 1-19-1982 (Ch. 49 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles, traffic and parking regulations — See Ch. 289.
A. 
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
BICYCLE
Every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals, having wheels, any one of which is more than 20 inches in diameter.
DOWNTOWN AREA
Shall encompass the area bounded by the following streets, and shall include the sidewalks appurtenant thereto: Beginning at the corner of Court Street and West Main Street; running thence east on West Main Street to the corner of Peconic Avenue and West Main Street; thence south on Peconic Avenue to the Town line; thence east along the Town line to the intersection of McDermontt Avenue and to the Town line; thence north on McDermontt Avenue to the intersection of McDermontt Avenue and East Main Street; thence east on East Main Street to the corner of East Main Street and Howell Avenue, thence west from the corner of Howell Avenue and East Main Street to the corner of East Main Street and Ostrander Avenue; thence north on Ostrander Avenue to the intersection of Ostrander Avenue and Second Street; thence west on Second Street to the intersection of Second Street and Roanoke Avenue; thence north on Roanoke Avenue to the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Railroad Avenue; thence west on Railroad Avenue to the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Osborne Avenue; thence south on Osborne Avenue to the intersection of Osborne Avenue and Court Street; thence west on Court Street to the intersection of Court Street and West Main Street. The "downtown area" shall also include that portion of Pulaski Street from the intersection of Pulaski Street and Osborne Avenue; thence west on Pulaski Street to the intersection of Pulaski Street and Marcy Avenue.
[Amended 9-5-1995]
OPERATOR
Any person who operates a bicycle on any public highway or sidewalk.
SIDEWALK
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.
B. 
In addition to the above definitions, any applicable definitions of Chapter 289, Part 1, Vehicles and Traffic, and the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed to be included herein.
Except as actually set forth in this chapter, the Town of Riverhead hereby incorporates by reference the provisions of Article 34, § 1230 et seq., of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York as it now exists and as from time to time may be amended. Should the requirements of this chapter conflict with or otherwise be inconsistent with any provision or requirement of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, the more stringent provisions, or those imposing the higher standards, shall govern.
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Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 101, General Provisions, Art. I).
Every rider and operator shall comply with the following rules and regulations:
A. 
Riding abreast. When two or more persons in a group are operating bicycles on a roadway, they shall ride single file.
B. 
Extra passenger. No person operating a bicycle shall carry another person, except upon a seat specifically provided for such passenger.
C. 
Emerging from alleys, driveways and garages. The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway, garage or private sidewalk shall stop the bicycle immediately prior to driving onto or across a public sidewalk or onto or across a public sidewalk line projected across an alley and shall exercise extreme care in making such movements.
D. 
Clinging to vehicles. No person operating a bicycle shall cling or attach himself or the bicycle to any other moving vehicle.
E. 
Intoxication. No person shall operate a bicycle while in an intoxicated condition.
F. 
Drugs. No person shall operate a bicycle while his ability to operate such a bicycle is impaired by the use of a drug as defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1192, Subdivision 4.
G. 
Lights. No bicycle shall be operated within the period from sunset to sunrise without having a properly lighted headlight attached to the front of the bicycle, visible under normal atmospheric conditions from the front thereof a distance of not less than 300 feet, nor without having a red light or a reflector attached to the rear of the bicycle, which is clearly visible in the headlight beam of a motor vehicle for a distance of not less than 200 feet to the rear of the bicycle.
H. 
Mechanical condition. No person shall operate a bicycle which is not in such mechanical condition so that it can be safely operated.
I. 
Trick riding. Any person operating a bicycle shall refrain from any trick riding and shall operate said bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars.
J. 
Compliance with regulations. Every person operating a bicycle shall obey all stop signs and traffic control signals and comply with all traffic regulations of the Town.
K. 
Sidewalks restricted. No person shall operate, park, abandon or keep motionless a bicycle on any sidewalk within the downtown area as hereinabove described. However, the walking of bicycles in an orderly manner on such sidewalks and the parking of bicycles in an upright position on the sidewalks at curbside parallel to the road shall be permitted.
L. 
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
M. 
Traffic regulations. Every person operating a bicycle shall strictly observe all traffic signs and signals and all other traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto and shall obey the orders and directions of every officer of the Town authorized to direct or regulate traffic.
It shall be a violation for any person to possess or any dealer in bicycles operating in the Town to purchase, receive in trade or otherwise acquire any bicycle from which the serial number on the frame has been removed, destroyed, mutilated or altered, without first reporting the same to the Riverhead Police.
A. 
When any bicycle is operated, parked, abandoned or kept motionless on any sidewalk within the downtown area, not in accordance with § 213-3K hereinabove described, said bicycle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police.
B. 
When any bicycle is found unattended on any public highway in the Town of Riverhead where such bicycle constitutes an obstruction of traffic, such bicycle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police.
C. 
When any bicycle is parked or abandoned within the Town of Riverhead where parking, stopping or standing is prohibited or said bicycle is parked upon private property without the consent of the owner of such property, such bicycle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police.
D. 
Any bicycle operated or possessed in violation of this chapter may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police.
A. 
Prior to releasing any bicycle removed by the Riverhead Town Police under the authority of the preceding sections, the alleged owner of the bicycle shall execute a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, describing the bicycle and alleging ownership of the bicycle by the affiant. Such sworn statements shall be a record kept and maintained by the Riverhead Police Department.
B. 
The owner of the impounded bicycle shall also be required to pay an impound charge for the removal and a storage fee for every day after removed, such fee to be paid to the desk sergeant before release of the bicycle. Such charges and fees shall be determined annually by the Town Board.
C. 
An impound form shall be used by the Police for each removal.
D. 
Redemption of bicycles shall be made from the Riverhead Police Department during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
[Added 8-6-1991]
The disposition of unclaimed bicycles shall be governed by Article 7-B of the Personal Property Law.
The Riverhead Police Department shall enforce the provisions of this chapter by the issuance of a summons returnable in the Riverhead Justice Court.
The Superintendent of Highways is directed to mark the corner curb/sidewalk areas in the downtown area, stating "Bicycles Prohibited."
A violation of this chapter shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 days and/or a fine of up to $250.