[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rochester City Council 1-24-1967 by Ord. No. 67-37. (This ordinance replaced an ordinance adopted 1-22-1952, as last amended 1-24-1961.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 9-17-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-287]
As used in chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Every two- or three-wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power through a belt, a chain or gears, with such wheels in a line or tricycle arrangement.
- BIKE LANE
- The portion of a roadway that has been delineated and marked for the use of bicycles, not including any lane specifically marked for the shared use of bicycles and motor vehicles.
- CENTRAL TRAFFIC DISTRICT
- The area bounded by the Inner Loop. North Union Street. South Union Street, Howell Street and Interstate 490, but shall exclude the Inner Loop, Interstate 490 and their respective frontages.
- CYCLE TRACK
- A pathway in the public right-of-way that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and distinct from the sidewalk and that is marked for the use of bicycles. A cycle track may be configured for one-way or two-way traffic.
Editor's Note: Former § 34-2, Registration of bicycles, as amended, was repealed 6-18-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-201.
Editor's Note: Former § 34-2.1, Sale or release of bicycles, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.
Editor's Note: Former § 34-3, Applications for registration, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.
Editor's Note: Former § 34-4, Issuance of registration cards and plates, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.
Editor's Note: Former § 34-5, Fees for an expiration of licenses, amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208, was repealed 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216.
[Amended 6-27-1967 by Ord. No. 67-205; 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208; 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-216; 5-12-1992 by Ord. No. 92-155; 2-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-22; 6-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-197; 10-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-327; 9-17-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-287]
Bicycle riding rules for persons 12 years of age or under. Unless accompanied by a rider over 18 years of age, children 12 years of age or under shall ride bicycles on the sidewalk, cycle track, Genesee Riverway Trail or other multi-use trail.
Bicycle riding rules for persons over age 12. Persons over 12 years of age shall ride a bicycle either on a usable bike lane or cycle track or, if a usable bike lane or cycle track has not been provided, near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic, except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along the bike lane, cycle track or right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. Conditions to be taken into consideration as potentially unsafe include, but are not limited to, fixed or moving objects, motor vehicles, in-line skaters. pedestrians, animals or surface hazards. Within the Central Traffic District, persons over 12 years of age shall not ride a bicycle on the sidewalk except where the sidewalk is identified as part of the Genesee Riverway Trail or other multi-use trail system, or if riding with a child 12 years old or under, or if reasonably necessary to avoid unsafe conditions in a bike lane, cycle track or roadway. Outside of the Central Traffic District, persons over 12 years of age may ride bicycles upon the sidewalk, Genesee Riverway Trail or any multi-use trail. The prohibition against riding bicycles upon sidewalks in the Central Traffic District shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their duties.
Yield to pedestrians. The operator of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when using the sidewalk.
Riding in groups. Bicycles shall not be ridden more than two abreast upon a roadway. Persons operating bicycles upon a shoulder, bike lane, cycle track or sidewalk may ride more than two abreast if sufficient space is available. When passing a vehicle, bicycle, in-line skater or a pedestrian, persons operating bicycles shall ride single file.
Passengers and towing. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. The operators of bicycles shall not pull another person on skates, a skateboard or similar device and shall not pull or tow a sled, wagon or other item unless by the use of a bicycle trailer, trailing bicycle or other device designed and intended to be connected to a bicycle for that purpose.
Maintaining control. Operators of bicycles must keep at least one hand on handlebars and both feet on pedals. The obligation to keep both feet on the pedals shall not apply to an operator who is unable to do so due to a condition or impairment that constitutes a disability within the meaning of federal, state or local law.
[Amended 6-10-1975 by Ord. No. 75-208]
The Municipal Code Violations Bureau shall hear and determine charges involving violations of this chapter. Any person who violates this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 13A-11 of the Municipal Code.
[Amended 6-19-1990 by Ord. No. 90-258]
If said violator is a minor, the Rochester Police Department Juvenile Unit will notify by mail said minor's parent or guardian and shall specify the violation and the time and place where said violation occurred. The form letter sent to the parent shall have space for said parent to acknowledge receipt of letter and return to the Juvenile Unit. This procedure will enable the Juvenile Unit to have knowledge that said parent or guardian was properly notified of the violator's infraction.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]