[HISTORY Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now the Council) of the City of Perth Amboy 12-20-39 as Ord. No. C-265. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall ride, operate or propel a bicycle upon any street or other public highway in the city without first obtaining and having secured and attached to such bicycle a proper license tag as hereinafter provided.
No person, firm or corporation shall rent or hire out for use a bicycle without having first obtained and having secured and attached to such bicycle a proper license tag as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 9-28-2011 by Ord. No. 1587-2011]
An application for a license to own and operate a bicycle shall be made to the Chief of Police in writing upon a form approved by the City Council. Upon approval of an application, the Chief of Police shall provide, at the expense of the city, a proper license tag which shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle in a substantial manner. The removal of such tag, except by proper authority, shall be a violation of this chapter. A license fee of fifty cents ($0.50) shall be charged per year for each bicycle. Such license shall be issued as of the calendar year and shall be effective for such period.
Persons engaged in the business of buying secondhand bicycles are hereby required to make a daily report to the Chief of Police, specifying:
All persons engaged in the business of selling new or secondhand bicycles are hereby required to make a daily report to the Chief of Police, giving a list of all sales made by such dealers, which shall include the following:
It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle to report such sale to the Chief of Police within five (5) days from the date of sale or transfer and deliver to the Chief of Police the registration card issued to the seller as licensee thereof, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee of such bicycle to apply for a transfer of registration within five (5) days of the said sale or transfer. A fee of twenty-five cants ($0.25) shall be paid for each transfer.
No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the number of any bicycle frame licensed pursuant to this chapter, nor shall any person remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license plate, seal or registration card during the time in which such plate, seal or card is operative.
Every license issued hereunder shall be deemed to have been granted subject to the following conditions:
A bicycle when in use on a street at night shall carry at least one (1) lighted lamp on its front. The lamp shall show a white light and be of such nature and so displayed that it may be seen at least two hundred (200) feet distant in the direction toward which the bicycle is proceeding. If the front lamp is so arranged that it will show a red light visible for a distance of at least two hundred (200) feet in the rear thereof, no red light attached to the rear of the bicycle shall be necessary, but where the front lamp does not show such a red light, there shall be attached to the rear of the bicycle one (1) lighted lamp showing a red light or red reflector visible for a distance of at least two hundred (200) feet from the rear thereof from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.
Bicycles shall be equipped with an audible signal which can be heard easily at a distance of two hundred (200) feet.
The rider of a bicycle shall not allow it to proceed in a street by inertia momentum, with his feet removed from the pedals, nor remove both hands from the handlebars while riding the bicycle, nor practice any trick or fancy riding in a street or carry another person upon the bicycle.
No person shall ride a bicycle, tricycle or similar machine on the sidewalks on State Street, between Market Street and Fayette Street, or on Smith Street, between Elm Street and High Street. No person shall ride a bicycle, tricycle or similar machine in any public park or public boardwalk, except that riding shall be permitted daily on the Boardwalk from High Street to Second Street between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Riding during these hours may be suspended by direction of the Chief of Police should special events require the use of the Boardwalk.
[Amended 5-21-1991 by Ord. No. 548-91]
No rider of a bicycle shall hold fast to or hitch on to automobiles or other vehicles.
No bicycle shall be ridden faster than is reasonable and proper, but every bicycle shall be operated with regard to the safety of the operator and of any and all other persons using the sidewalks, streets and other public highways of the city.
No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any street or other public highway in the city abreast of more than one (1) other person riding or propelling a bicycle.
Every person riding or propelling a bicycle upon any street or public highway in the city shall observe all traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto and shall turn only at intersections, signal for all turns ride at the right-hand side of the street or highway, pass to the left when passing overtaken vehicles and individuals that are slower moving and shall pass vehicles to the right when meeting.
All persons operating and propelling a bicycle shall comply with the motor vehicle and traffic regulations of the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 5-21-1991 by Ord. No. 648.91]
Any bicycle being operated or propelled in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, upon the personal observation of a law enforcement officer, is subject to immediate confiscation. A confiscated bicycle shall be returned upon payment of any fine imposed or upon any final adjudication.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not in excess of fifty dollars ($50) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten (10) days, or both, and provided further, that the court may, in addition to the penalty provided herein, suspend or revoke any license issued under this chapter.