[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Two Rivers (Title 8, Ch. 3, of the 1981 Code). 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 PATROL OFFICER
- A police officer patrolling by bicycle.
- 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.
- IDENTIFICATION TAG
- A metal plate or sticker indicating that a bicycle is registered.
- 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.
Registration of bicycles required. No person who resides within the City of Two Rivers shall operate or propel a bicycle upon any public highway, bicycle way or bicycle path within the City which has not been duly registered and licensed as provided in this chapter. The owner shall apply for registration within 10 days of purchase and delivery of the bicycle.
How made. Registration shall be made by filing with the Police Department on forms provided by the City, giving the name, address and date of birth of the owner and a complete description of the bicycle, including the name of the manufacturer, style, model, serial number, and color. If the bicycle has no serial number, the Police Department shall assign one.
Registration fee. The fee for registration and license of a bicycle shall be as provided for in Chapter 1-2, Fees, of this Code. Police patrol bicycles are exempt from this provision.
Identification tag. The registering employee or officer shall issue to the registrant an identification tag. The identification tag shall be immediately affixed to the registered bicycle and shall be firmly attached to the bicycle for which issued and kept visible and clean at all times. The identification tag shall permit the bicycle to be operated upon the streets of the City.
Unsafe bicycles not to be registered. No bicycle shall be registered which is in an unsafe mechanical condition.
Owner to register. The licensing authority shall not register any bicycle which it knows or has reasonable grounds to believe is not owned by or lawfully in the possession of the applicant.
Change of ownership.
Within 10 days after any bicycle registered as provided herein is sold or transferred to a new owner, the new owner shall report such information to the Police Department and shall apply for and obtain the transfer of the registration through the Police Department. Within 10 days after any bicycle is dismantled or taken out of operation, the person in whose name the bicycle is registered shall report such information to the Police Department. The Police Department shall thereupon cancel the registration of the bicycle.
Every person who transfers the title of any bicycle shall endorse upon the form provided by the City the name, address, and date of birth of the transferee, the date of the transfer and the identification tag number affixed to the bicycle. The transferee, upon registration, shall pay a transfer fee as provided for in Chapter 1-2, Fees, of this Code. The bicycle identification tag remains with the bicycle and is not transferable to a different bicycle.
No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of any ordinance or state law applicable to the registration or operation of bicycles.
The identification tag issued under this chapter shall be affixed to the registered bicycle so as to be plainly seen and read and shall remain so affixed until ordered removed by the Police Department for cause or until expiration of the registration. In the case of theft or loss of the identification tag, a replacement tag shall be issued upon payment of a fee as provided for in Chapter 1-2, Fees, of this Code.
Any nonresident of the City who has duly registered his/her bicycle in another jurisdiction, or who resides in another jurisdiction which has no registration requirements, may operate his/her bicycle in the City without obtaining local registration.
All abandoned or unidentified bicycles shall be delivered to the Police Department for storage, and all such bicycles remaining in the hands of the Police Department after 60 days shall be sold at the next scheduled police auction.
No person operating a bicycle upon any highway, bicycle path or bicycle way within the City shall fail to observe any applicable traffic regulations of the municipality and state or to comply with the following regulations:
Carrying extra passenger. Bicycle operators shall not use a bicycle, except a tandem, to carry another person; however, a bicycle operator may carry or transport a child seated in an auxiliary child's seat or trailer designed for attachment to a bicycle if the seat or trailer is securely attached to the bicycle according to the directions of the manufacturer of the seat or trailer.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Title 1, General Provisions, Ch. 1-1, Art. III)]
Stunt or trick riding. No person operating or pedaling a bicycle shall participate in any trick or stunt riding or racing on any highway within the City unless such race or contest is held pursuant to permission granted by the authority having jurisdiction over the highway.
Towing with bicycle. No person riding or operating a bicycle shall tow, drag or cause to be drawn behind the bicycle, any person on roller skates, coaster sled, or any other type of conveyance not designed to be towed by a bicycle.
Obedience to traffic control devices. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.
Stopping, turning and signaling.
Signal required. No bicycle operator shall suddenly stop, slow down, or turn without giving an arm signal required by state law for the operation of motor vehicles. No person shall turn a bicycle into an intersection unless the bicycle is in proper position upon the roadway or turn to enter a private roadway or driveway unless the bicycle is in proper position on the roadway as required or suddenly turn a bicycle upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. If other traffic may be affected by such movement, no person shall so turn any bicycle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided. Such signal shall be given continually during not less than 50 feet before turning. When given by arm and hand signals, such signals shall be given from left side of bicycle in the following manner and shall indicate as follows:
Prohibited turns. Whenever a uniform traffic control device indicates that no right or left turn or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of such device, except after dismounting from the bicycle to make such turn, in which event said person shall then obey the regulations, ordinances and laws applicable to pedestrians.
Right turns. Every person operating a bicycle intending to turn to the right at an intersection, alley, or driveway shall approach the turning point in the line of traffic nearest the right-hand curb of the street.
Left turns. Every person operating a bicycle intending to turn left at an intersection or to enter an alley or driveway shall approach the point of turning in that lane farthest to the left which is lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the bicycle about to turn left, unless otherwise directed by official traffic control devices. At intersections where traffic is moving in the opposite direction, if it is not safe for the operator to make a left turn as above-described, he or she shall stay in the right-hand lane and drive to the opposite corner, dismount and walk the bicycle to the left-hand corner and proceed. A bicycle operator may also make a left turn by driving to the opposite corner and then turning left and driving in a normal driving position.
Use of crosswalks. Crosswalks shall be used when walking a bicycle through an intersection.
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions or in excess of any posted speed limit.
Clinging to moving vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person riding upon a bicycle to cling or attach himself or his bicycle to any moving vehicle.
Single file riding. Every person when operating a bicycle on a public highway shall ride such bicycle in a single file and at no time shall ride two or more abreast.
Racing. No person operating a bicycle shall participate in any race, speed or endurance contest with another bicycle or with any motor vehicle or any other moving vehicle on a City street, except in connection with a special event upon permission granted by the City Council after a report by the Chief of Police.
Removal of hands from handlebars. No person operating a bicycle shall remove both hands from handlebars or feet from pedals nor practice any fancy or acrobatic riding or stunts in the operation of said bicycles.
Lights; reflectors. 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 on the rear, 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.
Operation on roadway edge. The rider of a bicycle shall ride as near as practicable to within five feet of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when passing another vehicle or in making a left-hand turn in an intersection.
No person shall park any bicycle against windows or in the main traveled portion of any sidewalk or highway nor in such manner as to constitute a hazard to pedestrians, traffic or property. If there is no bicycle rack or other facility intended to be used for the parking of bicycles in the vicinity, the operator may park a bicycle on the sidewalk in the upright position parallel to and within 24 inches of the curb.
No person shall run or propel any bicycle on any sidewalk within the City, except bicycles with wheels 20 inches in diameter or less in residential areas for the purpose of learning, or bicycles being operated by a Police Bicycle Patrol Officer in the performance of his duties.
Bicycles of all sizes may be operated on bridge sidewalks, but shall maintain the right-of-way to pedestrians.
Notwithstanding Subsection A hereof, the City Council may, by motion or resolution, permit the operation of bicycles on designated sidewalks of the City, in its discretion, when it believes permitting such operation is appropriate and consistent with the public health and safety. Copies of any such resolution or motion shall be maintained at the office of the City Clerk and shall be available for public inspection during normal office hours. Such permission shall be subject to signage or other requirements imposed by applicable law.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Title 1, General Provisions, Ch. 1-1, Art. III)]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by any of the following methods, subject to the requirements of state law:
Any person over the age of 12 who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the following penalties:
First offense penalty. Any person over the age of 12 who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall forfeit not less than $5 nor more than $1,500.
Second offense penalty. Any person over the age of 12 who shall violate any provisions of this chapter for the second time within a one-year period shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $1,500.
Third offense penalty. Any person over the age of 12 who shall violate any provisions of this chapter for the third or subsequent time within a one-year period shall forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $1,500.