[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Freeport 5-9-1966 as Ch. 5 of the 1966 Code; amended in its entirety 6-21-1982 by L.L. No. 8-1982. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable]
These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated herein. The sole purpose of this article is to assist and aid in the recovery of lost or stolen bicycles, and the registration of bicycles does not in any way imply that the Village is certifying to the safety of the bicycles or the qualifications of the operator.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any vehicle consisting of an arrangement or combination of two wheels, one following the other, supported by a frame and propelled by the feet acting upon pedals.
It shall be unlawful for any resident of the Village to operate, use or permit to be used or operated or rent for use any bicycle upon any of the public highways, streets, avenues, parks or public places in the Village without first registering the bicycle with the Police Department and obtaining a certificate of registration and identification plate therefor.
[Amended 10-18-1982 by L.L. No. 14-1982]
Prerequisites. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized and directed to issue bicycle registration cards and metallic identification plates to the owner of any bicycle upon:
An application containing the name of the owner or, if the owner is under 16 years, the name of the parent or guardian and the make and serial number and color of the bicycle, together with the name and address of the person from whom the same was purchased.
The payment of the fee herein provided.
Registration cards; contents. The registration cards shall be numbered consecutively and shall contain the name and address of the owner or, if the owner is under 16 years of age, the name of the parent or guardian.
Identification plate; contents. The metallic identification plate shall have the corresponding number to the registration certificate with the word "Freeport" thereon, which shall be attached to the bicycle by the Police Department and shall not be removed during the valid term of registration, except by the Police Department.
Fees designated. The fee to be paid for registration of each bicycle shall be $0.25. The fee shall be paid in advance at the time of the issuance of the registration and identification plate. In the event that the original bicycle identification plate is mutilated, damaged, lost or stolen, a new plate shall be issued by the Chief of Police upon payment of a fee of $0.25.
Transfer of registration. A registration certificate may be transferred, when ownership of a bicycle is transferred to a new owner, upon payment of a fee of $0.25 by the new owner.
Records. The Chief of Police shall keep a permanent record of all registration cards for each bicycle registered in the Police Department and shall transmit a duplicate set thereof together with the fees collected therefor to the Treasurer.
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the serial number of any bicycle frame licensed pursuant to this article. Within seven days after any bicycle registered hereunder shall change ownership or be dismantled and taken out of operation, the person in whose name the bicycle has been registered shall report such information to the Police Department of the Village. It shall also be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any identification plate or registration card during the time in which such identification plate or registration card shall operate.
Every person engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging or trading in used or secondhand bicycles and every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new bicycles shall make a weekly report to the Police Department of all used and secondhand bicycles purchased, exchanged or traded in during the week. Each such report shall specify a full and complete description of such used or secondhand bicycles and, in addition thereto, whenever available, the manufacturer's or maker's factory serial number, frame number, color, type, wheel size, name of brake and mark of identification, the date of purchase or trade and the name of the person selling or trading in such bicycles.
No person engaging in the business of renting bicycles in the Village shall rent or hire a bicycle to anyone without the hired bicycle having an identification plate issued by the Chief of Police attached thereto.
Every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle shall report such sale or transfer by returning the registration card issued to such person, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred, to the Chief of Police, and such report shall be made within seven days of the date of such sale or transfer. The purchaser or transferee of such bicycle shall apply for a transfer of the registration thereof within seven days of the sale or transfer.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all 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 this Village applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.
Editor's Note: The vehicle and traffic regulations of the Village are printed in pamphlet form and are on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
Required. 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.
Turns. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such signs.
Generally. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable and shall exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
Riding abreast. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than one abreast in single file, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
Use of paths. Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such paths and shall not use the roadway.
Hand signals required. Before turning or changing the direction of any bicycle upon any street, highway, parkway or public place, it shall be the duty of the bicycle rider to give a signal by the extension of the hand to indicate the direction he is intending to proceed.
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the 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 operating a bicycle shall carry any package or bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.
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 a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
Restricted. No person over the age of 10 years shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in the Village. No person shall ride a bicycle on a sidewalk within a business district.
Right-of-way. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon the sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
Lamps and reflectors. Every bicycle when in use between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front, and with a red reflector on the rear, of a type which shall be visible from all distances from 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.
Sound device. No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
Brake. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake adequate to control the movement of and stop such vehicle whenever necessary. Such brake shall be maintained in good working order at all times.