[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Oswego 5-12-1980 as Ch. 12 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 257.
No resident of the City of Oswego shall ride or propel a bicycle in the City of Oswego on any street or any public property unless such bicycle has been licensed and its license sticker is attached thereto, as provided herein.
Application for a bicycle license and license sticker shall be made upon a form provided by the City and shall be made to the Chief of Police.
The Chief of Police, upon receiving proper application therefor, is authorized to issue a bicycle license, which shall be effective until change of ownership.
The Chief of Police shall not issue a license for any bicycle when he knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant is not the owner or entitled to possession of such bicycle.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of the number of each license, the date issued, the name and address of the person to whom issued, the number on the frame of the bicycle for which issued and a record of all bicycle license fees collected by him.
The Chief of Police, upon issuing a bicycle license, shall also issue a license sticker bearing the license number assigned to the bicycle and the name of the City.
The Chief of Police shall cause such license sticker to be firmly attached to the frame of the bicycle for which issued and in such position as to be plainly visible.
No person shall remove a license sticker from a bicycle during the period for which issued except upon a transfer of ownership or in the event that the bicycle is dismantled and no longer operated upon any street in this City.
Every bicycle subject to this chapter shall be equipped as provided for by § 1236 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, and any amendments and additions thereto.
The Chief of Police, or an officer assigned such responsibility, shall inspect each bicycle before licensing the same and shall refuse a license for any bicycle which he determines is in unsafe mechanical condition.
Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a report within seven (7) days of any sale or transfer 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, the frame number thereof and the number plate, if any, found thereon.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of the City applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which, by their nature, can have no application.
Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such persons shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
No bicycle riding shall be permitted on the sidewalks abutting the following streets:
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a 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 shall park a bicycle on a sidewalk except in a rack designed to support bicycles or against a building when the owner or occupant of the building consents thereto. However, a bicycle may be parked on the sidewalk, in an upright position, when said bicycle is attached to a parking meter by chain or other securing device and where such parking of the bicycle shall not be a hazard to automobiles traveling or parked upon the street or pedestrians walking in the vicinity of said parking meter.
The Chief of Police is authorized to dispose of abandoned bicycles in accordance with laws and regulations relating to abandoned property.