[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Grosse Ile 8-11-1980 by Ord. No. 137 as Ch. 16 of the Grosse Ile Township Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall use or operate a bicycle upon any of the public roadways, sidewalks, or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, or upon or in any other public places or places open to the public in the Township, except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for the parent of any minor to fail to exercise reasonable parental control over the minor which results in the minor violating any section of this chapter.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a public sidewalk or roadway, or upon or in other public places or places open to the public, shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle pursuant to the traffic laws of the State of Michigan and the Township, except as to special regulations set forth in this chapter and except as to those provisions of said traffic laws which by their nature can have no reasonable application to bicycle operation and use.
A person operating, using or propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto nor carry any other person upon such bicycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon.
No person in the use and operation of a bicycle shall carry more persons at one time than the number for which said bicycle is designed and equipped.
Every person operating or using a bicycle upon a public roadway shall ride in single file as near to the right side of the traveled pavement or other traveled surface of the roadway as is practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction; and, whenever possible, such persons shall ride on the shoulder of such roadway.
Wherever usable paths for bicycles have been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such paths and shall not use the roadway.
No person operating or using a bicycle upon a public roadway shall pass between lines of traffic, but may pass on the left of traffic moving in his direction in the case of a two-way street, or on the left or right of traffic in the case of a one-way street, in an unoccupied lane.
Persons may operate or use bicycles on the sidewalks in the Township, but such persons shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give audible signals before overtaking and passing pedestrians.
No person riding upon or operating any bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a public roadway. No person operating a bicycle shall operate the same in other than the normal manner for which the bicycle was designed.
Any person dismounting from his bicycle and walking becomes a pedestrian and must obey the laws concerning pedestrian traffic. Any person walking a bicycle on the public roadways where no sidewalks or paths are available must walk on the left side of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
No person under the age of seven years shall operate a bicycle upon any public roadway in the Township but such person under seven years of age may operate a bicycle upon the public sidewalks, private driveways, or upon or in other places or places open to the public in the Township which are not utilized by vehicular traffic. Persons between the ages of seven and 10 years may operate a bicycle on all public roadways within the Township where the legal speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less with parental consent, and may ride on other public roadways when accompanied by another rider 18 years old or older.
No person shall operate a tricycle except upon sidewalks, private driveways, and upon or in other public places or places open to the public in the Township provided such places are not utilized by vehicular traffic.
The Treasurer's office of the Township is hereby authorized and directed to issue bicycle licenses which, when issued, shall entitle the licensee, after securing a corresponding registration card and a license sticker, to operate the bicycle for which the license has been issued within the Township. The license record shall be in three parts; one part to be filed with the Police Department, one part to be given to the owner of the bicycle and one part to be filed with the Township Treasurer's office. There shall also be issued to the licensee a license sticker for the bicycle which shall be numbered. The number shall correspond to the numbers on the registration card and on the license. The Police Department shall keep a register showing the date of issue, to whom issued, the number of the sticker and any other pertinent information regarding the bicycle licenses issued by the Township Treasurer's office. The bicycle license sticker shall be attached upon the frame or rear fender of the bicycle and the sticker shall remain in effect until revoked. Whenever a sticker becomes illegible, it shall be replaced by a new one. No person shall operate a bicycle within the Township without a legible license sticker attached thereto.
It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle to report the sale or transfer to the Police Department by returning the registration card to them together with the name and address of the person or the persons to whom the bicycle was sold or transferred within five days after such sale or transfer. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the person purchasing the bicycle or to whom a bicycle has been transferred to apply for a new license of a bicycle within seven days after the sale or transfer of the bicycle to said person.
No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the number on the frame of any bicycle license and no person shall remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license sticker or registration card during the time such sticker or card is operative. The Police Department shall have the right to stamp numbers upon the frames of bicycles upon which no number can be found or on which the number is illegible or insufficient for the purposes of identification of said bicycles.
The license fee for each bicycle license shall be as established by the Township, a schedule of such fees being available in the Township Treasurer's office.