[Ord. 185, 2/7/1950; as amended by Ord. 346, 10/4/1966; and by Ord. 896, 5/15/2012, § 1]
The following words, when used in this Part, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
- A device propelled by human power and having two tandem wheels.
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief of Police of the Borough of Huntingdon or any member of the Police Department of the Borough designated by him to perform any of the duties or exercise any of the powers herein vested in the Chief of Police.
- Includes every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
- PUBLIC HIGHWAY
- Any public street, avenue, road, square, alley in control of the Borough, highway or other public place located in the Borough of Huntingdon.
- A three-wheeled vehicle propelled by pedals or hand levers. Children's toys known as "big wheels" are excluded as well as tricycles manufactured for small children.
- Any of various vehicles that have a single wheel and are propelled by pedals or applied draft.
[Ord. 185, 2/7/1950; as amended by Ord. 485, 7/15/1975; by Ord. 529, 4/17/1979; by Ord. 573, 6/19/1984; and by Ord. 858, 3/17/2009]
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate a bicycle upon a public highway unless said bicycle shall first have been properly registered and tagged as hereinafter provided:
Every owner or operator of a new or previously unregistered and untagged bicycle shall make application for the registration of such bicycle with the Chief of Police within 15 days after acquiring said bicycle. In the event that the owner of a bicycle is a minor, the parent, guardian or person having custody of such minor shall make such application on behalf of the minor.
Registration of bicycles shall be serially numbered and kept on file by the Chief of Police in his office as a public record. Such record shall include all information necessary to carry out the intent of this Part.
The Chief of Police, upon receiving proper registration of a bicycle, shall affix or cause to be affixed to the bicycle an identification tag or plate, serially numbered to correspond to the bicycle's registration, in such position as to be plainly visible from the rear. A registration card shall be issued to the owner of each properly registered bicycle. The operator of a bicycle shall display his owner registration card or produce satisfactory proof that the owner has such registration card upon the demand of any police officer.
A fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council shall be charged for the initial registration and tagging of any bicycle. The initial registration and tagging of any bicycle will be valid for the life of the bicycle, regardless of whether ownership of the bicycle changes. Upon application and satisfactory evidence of the loss of a tag or registration card, a new tag or card will be issued upon payment of a fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council.
Within 15 days after the sale, transfer or dismantling of any registered bicycle, such information shall be reported to the Chief of Police by either party. Such a person may have the registration tag of his former bicycle transferred to another bicycle owned by him without cost.
A rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is properly registered and tagged.
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully or maliciously to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the registration tag or frame number of any bicycle or the registration card issued to the owner thereof.
[Ord. 185, 2/7/1950; as amended by Ord. 598, 3/18/1986, § 70-3; and by Ord. 896, 5/15/2012, § 2]
Unless otherwise required by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use any bicycle upon a public highway in violation of any of the following regulations:
Any child under age 12 operating a bicycle on the sidewalk must do so in a safe manner.
Bicycles shall not be operated on the sidewalks by any person age 12 and over.
Bicycle helmet is mandatory for any child under the age of 12. Helmets are also required for children who are riding in a bicycle retraining seat or in a trailer being towed by a bicycle.
The operator of a bicycle shall not cling or hold on or be fastened to any other moving vehicle or tow or draw any coaster, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicle or other similar vehicle.
The operator of a bicycle shall park same off the roadway along 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 a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
[Ord. 185, 2/7/1950; as amended by Ord. 346, 10/4/1966; by Ord. 598, 3/18/1986, § 70-4; and by Ord. 858, 3/17/2009]
Any person violating or assisting in the violation of any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs of prosecution; provided, that any violation of any provision of this Part which also constitutes a violation of any provision of the laws of Pennsylvania shall be prosecuted under the applicable law and not under this Part; provided, further, that the magisterial district judge of other court imposing a penalty for violation of any provision of this Part shall, within five days thereafter, report the same to the Chief of Police who, at his discretion, may suspend the registration of the bicycle operated by such violator for not longer than 10 days or, in case the violation shall have been of a provision of this Part requiring certain equipment on the bicycle, until such equipment shall have been brought into conformity with the requirements of this Part.