Chapter 11.48
BICYCLES

Sections:

11.48.010    Police department to administer bicycle licenses (WAC 308-330-250).

11.48.020    Parent or guardian shall not authorize or permit violation by a child or ward (RCW 46.61.700).

11.48.030    Effect of regulations – Penalty.

11.48.040    Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles (RCW 46.61.755).

11.48.050    Riding on bicycles (RCW 46.61.760).

11.48.060    Clinging to vehicles.

11.48.070    Riding on roadways and bicycle paths (RCW 46.61.770).

11.48.080    Carrying articles (RCW 46.61.775).

11.48.090    Hand signals (RCW 46.61.758).

11.48.100    Lamps and other equipment on bicycles (RCW 46.61.780).

11.48.110    Bicycle dealers (WAC 308-330-540).

11.48.120    Bicycles – Obedience to traffic control devices (WAC 308-330-545).

11.48.130    Bicycles – Parking (WAC 308-330-550).

11.48.140    Bicycles – Riding on sidewalks (WAC 308-330-555).

11.48.150    Impoundment of bicycles.

11.48.160    Bicycles – Penalties (WAC 308-330-560).

11.48.170    Unclaimed bicycles (WAC 308-330-565).

11.48.180    Bicycle racing.

11.48.010 Police department to administer bicycle licenses (WAC 308-330-250).

The police department or some other office or department designated by the local authority shall administer the bicycle license regulations required by this chapter. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.020 Parent or guardian shall not authorize or permit violation by a child or ward (RCW 46.61.700).

The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.030 Effect of regulations – Penalty.

A. It is a traffic infraction for a person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in BMC 11.48.030 through 11.48.100 (RCW 46.61.750 through 46.61.780).

B. These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.040 Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles (RCW 46.61.755).

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 this title, except as to special regulations in BMC 11.48.030 through 11.48.100 (RCW 46.61.750 through 46.61.780) and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.050 Riding on bicycles (RCW 46.61.760).

A. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

B. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.060 Clinging to vehicles.

No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.070 Riding on roadways and bicycle paths (RCW 46.61.770).

A. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and may utilize the shoulder of the roadway or any specially designated bicycle lane if such exists, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

B. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

C. Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.080 Carrying articles (RCW 46.61.775).

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bars. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.090 Hand signals (RCW 46.61.758).

All hand signals required of persons operating bicycles shall be given in the following manner:

A. Left Turn. Left hand and arm extended horizontally beyond the side of the bicycle;

B. Right Turn. Left hand and arm extended upward beyond the side of the bicycle, or right hand and arm extended horizontally to the right side of the bicycle;

C. Stop or Decrease Speed. Left hand and arm extended downward beyond the side of the bicycle. The hand signals required by this section shall be given before initiation of a turn. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.100 Lamps and other equipment on bicycles (RCW 46.61.780).

A. Every bicycle when in use during the hour of darkness as defined in RCW 46.37.020 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 approved by the State Commission on Equipment which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps 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.

B. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.110 Bicycle dealers (WAC 308-330-540).

Every person engaged in the business of buying or selling new or second-hand bicycles shall make a report 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 number of license plate or decal, if any, found thereon. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.120 Bicycles – Obedience to traffic control devices (WAC 308-330-545).

A. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic-control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

B. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the directions of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle at the right-hand curb or as close as is practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.130 Bicycles – Parking (WAC 308-330-550).

No person shall park a bicycle upon a highway other than:

A. Off the roadway except in designated areas;

B. Upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle;

C. Against a building; or

D. In such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.140 Bicycles – Riding on sidewalks (WAC 308-330-555).

A. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk in a business district. This provision shall not apply to law enforcement officers engaged in the performance of their duties.

B. A person may ride a bicycle on any other sidewalk or any roadway unless restricted or prohibited by traffic-control devices.

C. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.150 Impoundment of bicycles.

Whenever a peace officer finds a bicycle unattended in such a position that it constitutes an obstruction to vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or a bicycle that is deemed abandoned or unsafe for operation, he or she is authorized to remove such bicycle, and such bicycle when removed, shall be impounded and such peace officer may provide for the removal thereof to the nearest place of safety. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.160 Bicycles – Penalties (WAC 308-330-560).

Violation of any provision of WAC 308-330-500 through 308-330-540 is a traffic infraction. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.170 Unclaimed bicycles (WAC 308-330-565).

All unclaimed bicycles in the custody of the police department shall be disposed of as provided in Chapter 63.32 RCW. [Ord. 1999-04-020].

11.48.180 Bicycle racing.

A. No person shall engage in or sponsor a bicycle race upon the highways of the city except pursuant to approval by the chief of police or his designee.

B. An application for a permit together with a processing fee of $3.00 shall be submitted at least seven days prior to any anticipated bicycle racing event to the police department. Said application shall include the following information:

1. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the persons who will be sponsoring the event; or, if an organization or other group of individuals, then the name, address, and telephone number of a person(s) who is responsible for the group’s activities and can act as their spokesperson;

2. The route or course over which the racing event will transpire;

3. The date(s) and time(s) the event will occur;

4. An estimate of the number of spectators and participants anticipated; and

5. Such other information as the chief of police may require.

C. The chief of police or his designee may place such conditions upon the permit issued as he may deem necessary to ensure that the event is conducted in an orderly manner with due regard for the maintenance and preservation of the public health, safety, and welfare. If the chief of police or his designee shall have reasonable grounds to believe that the activity will violate any ordinance or a statute, or if after issuance of the permit there are reasonable grounds to believe the activity will be in violation of any condition placed on the permit, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the public health, safety, or welfare will be endangered by the event, then the chief of police or his designee may deny, revoke, or modify said permit.

D. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the chief of police or his designee relating to a permit under this section may appeal that decision to the hearing examiner by filing a timely notice of appeal with the hearing examiner within 10 days of the date of such decision. [Ord. 2002-10-069 § 21; Ord. 1999-04-020].