[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Millsboro at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall be applicable when used in this chapter, except where the context clearly indicates to the contrary:
- A vehicle with two tandem wheels or two or more wheels with solid or pneumatic tires, having a steering bar or wheel, a saddle seat and propelled by human power.
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief of Police of the Town of Millsboro.
- Any form or tense thereof shall mean and refer to the use, putting into action or causing to function a bicycle by a person mounted thereon.
- Any road, boulevard, avenue, alley, street, thoroughfare or highway located within the corporate limits of the Town of Millsboro.
Any person desiring to register a bicycle owned by him and secure a license therefor shall make application in writing to the Chief of Police on forms supplied by the Chief of Police stating the following:
The name and address of the owner.
The date of birth of the owner.
The name of the manufacturer of the bicycle.
The serial number of the frame thereof.
The approximate date when the bicycle was obtained.
The name and address of the person from whom bike was obtained.
If the owner is under the age of 18 years, the name and address of the parent or guardian of said child.
The signature of the owner.
If the owner is under the age of 18 years, the application shall be also executed by the parent or guardian of said owner.
The application, as completed, shall be presented to the Chief of Police of the Town of Millsboro, together with a register fee as set forth from time to time by the Town Council.
No bicycle shall be registered which has not been presented to the Chief of Police of the Town of Millsboro for examination.
No bicycle shall be registered for any bicycle which, in addition to handlebars or a seat, does not have a properly lighted headlamp attached to the front of the bicycle in sight under normal atmospheric conditions from the front thereof for a distance of not less than 300 feet nor without having a reflector attached to the rear of the bicycle which is visible in the headlight beam of a motor vehicle for a distance of 300 feet to the rear of the said bicycle nor without having a signaling device audible at a distance of 50 feet when sounded nor, for those bicycles propelled by a gasoline motor, which does not have adequate brakes and an adequate muffler.
The Chief of Police of the Town of Millsboro, upon receipt of the executed application for registration, the registration fee as set forth from time to time by the Town Council and upon an examination to ascertain that the bicycle has the minimum safety features as herein provided shall issue a registration card and license therefor.
The Chief of Police shall maintain an accurate list of all bicycles so registered and all licenses so issued showing the name and address of the owner to whom the license was issued.
The license so issued shall be effective for one year. The license year shall be from January 1 to December 31.
When any bicycle which has been registered and licensed as herein provided is sold, or is otherwise disposed of, or destroyed, the owner shall immediately surrender to the Chief of Police the registration card and the license plate issued therefor with the name and address of the new owner, if any, written on the face of the registration card, and the Chief of Police shall immediately make proper endorsement thereof of his records and retain and issue a new card and plate to the new owner upon application, examination and payment of the required fee. The number of any license surrendered as provided in this section shall not be reissued.
When more than two persons in a group are operating bicycles on a roadway, they shall ride single file.
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway, garage or private sidewalk shall stop the bicycle immediately prior to driving onto or across a public sidewalk, or onto or across a public sidewalk line projected across an alley, and shall exercise extreme care in making such movements.
No person shall operate a bicycle which is not in such mechanical condition so that it can be safely operated.
No bicycle shall be operated on any sidewalk within the corporate limits of the Town of Millsboro except upon command of a police officer.
It shall be unlawful to park any bicycle along buildings in such a manner as to interfere with pedestrians, or along roadways which interferes with traffic, or with persons entering into or alighting from motor vehicles. No person other than the owner or operator shall move, or in any manner interfere with, any bicycle properly parked, nor shall any person interfere or in any manner hinder any person from properly parking a bicycle, except that members of the Police Department and Fire Department may move, or, in proper cases, prevent the parking of the bicycle, when in the judgment of the policeman or fireman, his action is necessary in order to properly safeguard persons or property.
Each bicycle shall be equipped with a signaling device in good working order and audible at a distance of 50 feet when sounded.
No bicycle shall be operated at any time faster than is reasonable or proper, and every bicycle shall be operated with reasonable regard to the safety of the rider and of other persons and property on the street.
Every person operating a bicycle shall strictly observe all traffic signs and signals and all other traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto and shall obey the orders and directions of every officer of the town authorized to direct or regulate traffic.
No person shall, while operating a bicycle, indulge or engage in any kind of trick or unsafe riding.
It shall be unlawful for any person, willfully or maliciously, to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the serial number of any bicycle licensed hereunder or to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any registration card during the time in which the registration card is in force. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to stamp numbers on the frame of a bicycle in a legible manner for identification purposes upon which no serial number can be found, or upon which the serial number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate any bicycle within the town without the consent of the owner.
It shall be unlawful for any person to purchase or otherwise acquire any bicycle from which the serial number on the frame has been removed, destroyed, mutilated or altered, without first reporting the same to the Chief of Police.
The Chief of Police shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Chief of Police may revoke or suspend for a period not to exceed 30 days the privilege of operating a bicycle within the corporate limits of the Town of Millsboro and for a violation of any provision of this chapter impound the bicycle of any such violator for a period not to exceed 30 days.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this chapter shall be fined not less than $1 nor more than $100 for each offense and shall pay the costs of prosecution.