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City of Saratoga Springs, NY
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs as Ch. 14 of the 1970 Code; amended in its entirety 11-19-2019. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Every two- or three-wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power or through a belt, a chain, or gears, with such wheels in a tandem or tricycle, except that the term shall not include such a device having solid tires and intended for use only on a sidewalk by preteenage children.
ELECTRIC BICYCLE
Includes the following:
A. 
A bicycle which has an electric motor of less than 750 watts, equipped with operable pedals, meeting the equipment and manufacturing requirements for bicycles adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR 1522.1 et seq., and meeting the requirements of one of the following three classes:
(1) 
"Class one bicycle with electric assist." A bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that provides assistance only when the person operating such bicycle is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
(2) 
"Class two bicycle with electric assist." A bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel such bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
(3) 
"Class three bicycle with electric assist." Solely within a city having a population of 1,000,000 or more, a bicycle with electric assist having an electric motor that may be used exclusively to propel such bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when such bicycle reaches a speed of 25 miles per hour.
HELMET
Protective headgear that meets the requirements of § 1238 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Any person operating a bicycle within the City of Saratoga Springs shall comply with all applicable laws regulating the use of bicycles, including but not limited to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Code of the City of Saratoga Springs, Chapter 225, Vehicles and Traffic.
A. 
Any person operating a bicycle shall obey all official traffic control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
B. 
Whenever any person dismounts from a bicycle, such person shall be subject to all laws and regulations applicable to pedestrians.
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the 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.
A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk:
(1) 
On Broadway from its intersection with Van Dam Street to its intersection with Circular Street.
(2) 
On Woodlawn Avenue from its intersection with Van Dam Street to its intersection with Division Street.
(3) 
On Division Street from its intersection with Broadway to its intersection with Railroad Place.
(4) 
On any part of Railroad Place
(5) 
On any part of Hamilton Street.
(6) 
On Congress Street from its intersection with Broadway to its intersection with Federal Street.
(7) 
On any part of Federal Street.
(8) 
On Circular Street from its intersection with Broadway to its intersection with Lake Avenue.
(9) 
On Henry Street from its intersection with Spring Street to its intersection with Lake Avenue.
(10) 
On any part of Putnam Street.
(11) 
On Maple Avenue from its intersection with Caroline Street to its intersection with Lake Avenue.
B. 
The Commissioner of Public Safety, and/or his or her designee, is authorized to erect signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person.
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1800 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.