[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Monona as Title 10, Ch. 2, of the 1994 Code; amended in its entirety 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 9-10-618. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels, any two of which are not less than 14 inches in diameter.
- BICYCLE LANE
- That portion of a roadway set aside for exclusive use of bicycles and so designated by appropriate signs and markings by the responsible governing body.
- BICYCLE WAY
- Any path or sidewalk, or portion thereof, designated for the use of bicycles by the responsible governing body.
- BIKE ROUTE
- Any bicycle lane, bicycle way or highway which has been duly designated by the responsible governing body and identified by appropriate signs and markings.
- Any device attached to a bicycle designed for carrying articles.
- PLAY VEHICLES
- Any coaster, skateboard, roller skates, sled, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.
- The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
Parental responsibility. No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this section.
Unless preparing to make a left turn, every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway carrying two-way traffic shall ride as near as possible to the right edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. On one-way roadways, the operator of the bicycle shall ride as near as possible to the right edge or left edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, allowing a minimum of three feet between his or her bicycle and the vehicle.
Every person when operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride such bicycle in single file.
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. Infant seats are permitted if securely attached to the frame at the top mount and to the axle and frame at the rear bottom mount and if provided with hand holds, foot rests, foot guards and safety belt. The use of a backpack for carrying an infant is permitted. Persons are not permitted to be located on a bicycle in front of the operator of the bicycle.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the safe operation of the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or feet from the pedals or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street.
Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
No person may operate a bicycle or moped upon a roadway where a sign is erected indicating that bicycle riding is prohibited.
Display of license. Valid license sticker must be displayed on the bicycle so that it is clearly visible.
Bicycles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall cling or attach himself/herself or his/her bicycle to any other moving vehicle upon a street or highway, nor shall the operator of any such bicycle tow or draw any coaster wagon, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicles or any other similar vehicle which is not designed to be towed by a bicycle on such highway.
Operation on sidewalks.
Bicycles shall not be operated on Monona Drive sidewalks from the northern limits of the City to Winnequah Road and on the Yahara Cove Boardwalk at River Place.
Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
Mopeds prohibited on bicycle ways. No person may ride a moped or motor bicycle with the power unit in operation upon a bicycle way. Law enforcement officers shall be exempt from this subsection while acting in the performance of their official duties.
Riding bicycle on bicycle lane.
Unless two-way traffic is authorized by the Common Council on any portion of a roadway which it has set aside as a bicycle lane and appropriate traffic signs are installed, every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction in which vehicular traffic on the lane of the roadway nearest the bicycle lane is traveling.
Entering and leaving bicycle lanes.
Unless otherwise provided under Subsection H(2)(b) below, a person operating a bicycle may enter or leave a bicycle lane only at intersections or at driveways adjoining the bicycle lane.
A person may leave a bicycle at any point by dismounting from the bicycle and walking it out of the lane. A person may enter a bicycle lane at any point by walking his or her bicycle into the lane and then mounting it.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall exercise due care and given an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider proceeding in the same direction.
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles in the bicycle lane. Upon leaving a bicycle lane, the operator of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians.
Riding bicycle on bicycle way.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way open to two-way traffic shall ride on the right side of the bicycle way.
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle way shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles and pedestrians in the bicycle way.
Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.
No person may operate a bicycle upon a highway, bicycle lane or bicycle way during hours of darkness unless such bicycle is equipped with or the operator is wearing a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of such bicycle. Such bicycle shall also be equipped with a red reflector that has a diameter of at least two inches of surface area so mounted and maintained as to be visible from all distances from 50 to 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to but not in lieu of the red reflector.
No person may operate a bicycle upon a highway, bicycle lane or bicycle way unless all braking equipment with which the bicycle was originally provided is in good working order. No person may operate a bicycle equipped with a coaster brake upon a highway or bicycle lane unless such brakes will enable the operator to make the rear wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
It shall be unlawful for any bicycle to be equipped with a siren or whistle or for a rider to use any bell or horn otherwise than as a reasonable warning to other users of the highway. Law enforcement officers shall be exempt from this subsection while acting in the performance of their official duties.
Turns. Every person riding a bicycle upon any public street shall turn only at intersections as permitted, signal for all turns and stops, and pass to the left when passing vehicles or bicycles. Every person shall keep both hands on the handlebars when operating a bicycle.
Rentals. A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is licensed and a license sticker or plate is attached thereto as provided herein and such bicycle is equipped with equipment required in this chapter.
Registration of bicycles. No person shall ride or use a bicycle customarily kept in the City of Monona upon any public street, highway or alley in the City unless licensed and registered as herein provided.
Registration form. Every owner or operator of any bicycle within the City shall, within 10 days of the acquisition of such bicycle, file and register with the Police Department his or her name and address, the name of the manufacturer of the bicycle, its identification number, style and a general description of the bike.
Bicycle license. The Police Department shall provide and keep at the City Hall a suitable record of applications and registrations under this section. On receipt of payment of the license fee, the Department shall provide a suitable identification sticker or plate upon which shall be printed or stamped a distinguishing number. The owner shall affix and keep affixed to the bicycle for which identification is issued the original sticker or plate and shall keep the same clean and visible at all times. An unregistered bicycle may be impounded by the Police Department for a period of time not to exceed 30 days.
Safe condition. No bicycle shall be registered which is in unsafe mechanical condition. The Chief of Police may suspend the registration of and remove the identification sticker or plate from any bicycle operated contrary to state law and City ordinance or operated while in unsafe mechanical condition, such suspension and removal to continue for not to exceed 30 days, provided such registration shall not be reinstated or such identification sticker or plate replaced while such bicycle is in unsafe condition. Such suspension and removal shall be in addition to other penalties provided hereunder.
Cancellation or registration. The Police Department may cancel the registration of and remove the identification license from, or impound for a period of time not to exceed 30 days, any bicycle being operated upon any street in the City in an unsafe manner or in violation of any state law or local ordinance, and such cancellation of registration and removal of license or impoundment shall be in addition to the other penalties provided hereunder.
Any person 16 years of age or older who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a Uniform Traffic Citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the City's Fee, Forfeiture and Deposit Schedule.
Any parent or guardian of any child who authorizes or knowingly permits such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be subject to the provisions of §§ 346.77 and 346.82(1), Wis. Stats.
This chapter shall be enforced by bicycle monitors appointed by and under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Police and sworn police officers. The bicycle monitors need not be sworn police officers, but if they are not sworn officers, their enforcement authority shall be limited to enforcement of this chapter.
[Added 9-8-2009 by Ord. No. 08-09-599]
No person shall operate skateboards or in-line skates on any private property without written permission from the owner of the property or business.
No person shall put down wax on any curb, edge or any other surface upon which pedestrians or vehicles travel in the City of Monona.