Borough of Middletown, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Middletown 2-10-1953 by Ord. No. 319, approved 2-10-1953.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bicycles in parks — See Ch. 195.
Skateboards, roller blades and scooters — See Ch. 229.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 252.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance appeared in Ch. III of the 1953 Code of Ordinances.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Includes every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, either of which is over 20 inches in diameter.
PERSON
Includes any person, firm, association or corporation.
[Amended 5-6-1985 by Ord. No. 892, approved 5-6-1985]
Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a report to the Chief of Police of every bicycle purchased or sold by such dealer, giving the name and address of the person from whom purchased or to whom sold, a description of such bicycle by name or make and the frame number thereof.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall be subject to the provisions of the traffic ordinances of this Borough applicable to the driver of a vehicle,[1] except as to special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of the ordinances which, by their nature, can have no application.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 252, Vehicles and Traffic.
[2]
Editor's Note: See also Part III, Ch. 35, Subchapter A of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3501 et seq.
Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
A. 
A person operating a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor carry any other person upon such bicycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon, nor shall any person ride upon a bicycle other than as above authorized.
B. 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
C. 
No person shall operate a bicycle at any time without keeping both hands upon the handlebars.
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk or sidewalk area and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.
No person riding upon any bicycle shall attach the same or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
Persons operating bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast, except on paths or parts of roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping both hands upon the handlebars.
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon a sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use the path and shall not use the roadway.
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within the Borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania.
No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on a dry, level, clean pavement.
Every bicycle when in use at night shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a headlight visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear, except that an approved reflector meeting the minimum requirements of the State Uniform Highway Traffic Act may be used in lieu of a rear light.
[Amended 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987]
Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of $10.
[Added 4-5-1993 by Ord. No. 1039, approved 4-5-1993]
No resident of the Borough of Middletown shall operate a bicycle without first obtaining a bicycle license from the Borough Police Department. Said license shall be a lifetime license. Fee for said license is $1.