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Town of Randolph, MA
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Randolph 4-18-1995 ATM by Art. 8, approved 10-27-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Ice cream vending permits — See Ch. 144.
Junk and unregistered vehicles — See Ch. 176.
Removal of vehicles — See Ch. 182.
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
Adoption of statutory speed limit per MGL c. 90, § 17C — See Ch. A4 (Ord. No. 2017-012).
A. 
In all districts abutting a state highway, no building shall be constructed so that it is necessary for a car to enter said highway from the available parking by backing a motor vehicle onto said highway. Before any building permit is issued to said building, the State Department of Transportation shall be notified in advance for its recommendations as to access and egress to and from the state highway.
B. 
In all districts abutting a state highway, no person shall enter the same by backing a motor vehicle from the adjoining property into said highway.
All Town-owned vehicles/equipment, all Town-hired vehicles/equipment and all commercial vehicles/equipment over ten thousand (10,000) gvw doing work on Town projects or projects under inspection or supervision of Town officials shall be equipped with an audible warning device or alarm which will be set off automatically whenever said above vehicles/equipment back up.
Fines now appear in the Fine Schedule, Chapter 301.
[Added 11-13-1996 STM by Art. 35, approved 3-13-1997]
Whenever new traffic signal lights are installed or renovations of existing traffic signal lights are proposed, preemptors for the Randolph Fire Department in connection with such signal lights shall be installed.
A. 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a way, as defined in MGL c. 90, § 1, shall have the right to use all public ways in the Commonwealth except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted, and shall be subject to the traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth and the special regulations contained in this section except that:
(1) 
The bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle that is moving in the travel lane of the way.
(2) 
The bicycle operator shall signal by either hand his intention to stop or turn.
(3) 
Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks outside business districts when necessary in the interest of public safety, a person operating a bicycle on the sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
B. 
Operators of bicycles shall be subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
The operator shall not ride more than two (2) abreast, but with more than one (1) lane in the direction of travel, ride single file except when passing.
(2) 
The operator shall ride only upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle; a passenger shall ride only upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle or to a trailer towed by the bicycle.
(a) 
The operator shall not transport another person between the ages of one (1) and four (4) years, or weighing forty (40) pounds or less on a bicycle except:
[1] 
In a "baby seat" attached to the bicycle, with up right seating, a secure seat harness and some form of protection that keeps feet and hands from hitting the spokes of the wheels of the bicycle.
[2] 
Upon or astride a seat of a tandem bicycle equipped so that the other person can comfortably reach the handlebars and pedals.
Note: The operator shall not transport anyone under the age of one (1).
(b) 
Any person sixteen (16) years of age or younger operating a bicycle or being carried as a passenger on a bicycle on a public way, bicycle path or on any other public right-of-way shall wear a helmet. The helmet shall:
[1] 
Fit the person's head and be secured by straps.
[2] 
Meet standards established by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Note: These requirements shall not apply if the passenger is in an enclosed trailer or other device that adequately holds the passenger in place and protects the passenger's head from impact in an accident.
(c) 
A violation of clause (a) or (b) shall not be used as evidence of contributory negligence in any civil actions.
(3) 
The operator shall give an audible warning whenever necessary to insure safe operation of the bicycle; provided, however, the use of a siren or whistle is prohibited.
(4) 
The operator shall park his bicycle upon a way or sidewalk in such a manner as not to obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
(5) 
The operator shall not permit the bicycle to be drawn by any other moving vehicle. The operator shall not tow any other vehicle or person, except that bicycle trailers properly attached to the bicycle that allow for firm control and braking may be used.
(6) 
The operator shall not carry any package, bundle or article except in or on a basket, rack, trailer or other device designed for such purposes. The operator shall keep at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars at all times.
(7) 
Every bicycle operated upon a way shall be equipped with a braking system to enable the operator to bring the bicycle travelling at a speed of fifteen (15) miles per hour to a smooth, safe stop within thirty (30) feet on a dry, clean, hard, level surface.
(8) 
During the period from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise, the operator shall display to the front of his bicycle a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet, and to the rear of said bicycle either a lamp emitting a red light or a red reflector visible for not less than six hundred (600) feet when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A generator-powered lamp that emits light only when the bicycle is moving shall meet the requirements of this clause.
(9) 
During the period from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise, the operator shall display on each pedal of his bicycle a reflector, or around each of his ankles reflective material visible from the front and rear for a distance of six hundred (600) feet, and reflectors or reflective material, either on said bicycle or on the person of the operator, visible on each side for a distance of six hundred (600) feet, when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps of a motor vehicle. This clause shall not prohibit a bicycle or its operator to be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition to those required by clauses (8) and (9).
(10) 
No bicycle shall be operated upon a way with handlebars so raised that the operator's hands are above his shoulders while gripping them. Any alteration to extend the fork of a bicycle from the original design and construction of the bicycle manufacturer is prohibited.
(11) 
The operator of a bicycle shall report any accident involving either personal injury or property damage in excess of one hundred dollars ($100), or both, to the police department.
C. 
Violations.
(1) 
A police officer who observes a traffic violation committed by a bicyclist may request the offender to state his true name and address. Whoever, upon such request, refuses to state his name and address or whoever states a false name and address or a name and address which is not his name and address in ordinary use, shall be punished by a fine in accordance with the fine schedule.[1] An offender who refuses to state his true name and address may be arrested without a warrant for such refusal, but no person shall be arrested without a warrant for any other traffic law violation committed while operating a bicycle. A police officer shall use the ticketing procedure described in MGL c. 90C to cite a bicyclist for a traffic violation but the violation shall not affect the status of the bicyclist's license to operate a motor vehicle nor shall it violate the bicyclist's status in the safe driver insurance plan. When a citation is issued to a bicyclist, it shall be clearly indicated on the ticket that the violator is a bicyclist, and failure to do so shall be a defense to the violation.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 301, Fines.
(2) 
The parent or guardian of a person under eighteen (18) years of age shall not authorize or knowingly permit that person to violate this section. A violation of this section by a person under eighteen (18) years of age shall not affect any civil right or liability nor shall the violation be a criminal offense. If the offender is under sixteen (16) years of age, the officer may give the notice to the parent or guardian of the offender.
(3) 
All fines collected by the Town pursuant to this section shall be used by the Town for the development and implementation of bicycle safety programs.