Chapter 11.60
BICYCLES

Sections:

11.60.070    Riding on sidewalk – General criteria.

11.60.080    Right-of-way on sidewalk – Overtaking and passing.

11.60.090    Bicycle helmets.

11.60.120    Violations – Responsibility of parent.

11.60.070 Riding on sidewalk – General criteria.

Every person operating a bicycle upon any sidewalk shall operate the bicycle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and proper under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of sidewalk, and condition of surface; and when because of the width of such sidewalk or the amount of pedestrian traffic thereon, riding a bicycle on such sidewalk would endanger or unreasonably inconvenience pedestrians, such person shall stop and dismount from such bicycle. (1961 code § 11.60.061.)

11.60.080 Right-of-way on sidewalk – Overtaking and passing.

Every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian thereon and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian. (1961 code § 11.60.062.)

11.60.090 Bicycle helmets.

A. Requirements Regarding Bicycle Helmets.

1. Any person operating or riding on a bicycle or cycle not powered by motor on a public roadway, bicycle path, sidewalk or on any right-of-way or publicly owned facility under the jurisdiction of the city shall wear a protective helmet designed for bicycle safety. Such helmet shall meet or exceed the requirements of standard Z-90.4 set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Foundation, or such subsequent nationally recognized standard for bicycle helmet performance as the city may adopt. The helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap that shall be fastened securely while the bicycle is in motion.

2. The parent or guardian of a person under the age of 18 years shall not knowingly allow, or fail to take reasonable steps to prevent, that person from operating or riding on a bicycle or any other cycle not powered by motor on a public roadway, bicycle path, sidewalk or on any right-of-way or publicly owned facility under the jurisdiction of the city unless that person is wearing a helmet that meets the requirements of subsection (A)(1) of this section.

3. No person shall transport another person upon a bicycle or any other cycle not powered by motor on a public roadway, bicycle path, sidewalk or on any right-of-way or publicly owned facility under the jurisdiction of the city, unless that other person is wearing a helmet that meets the requirements of subsection (A)(1) of this section.

4. No person shall rent a bicycle or cycle not powered by motor for use by his or her self or another person on a public roadway, bicycle path, sidewalk or on any right-of-way or publicly owned facility under the jurisdiction of the city unless the renter affirms in writing under penalty of perjury that the person who will be riding the bicycle or cycle possesses a helmet that meets the requirements of subsection (A)(1) of this section.

B. Enforcement.

1. A violation of this section is a civil infraction to which the provisions of Chapter 7.80 RCW shall apply, except as set forth hereafter.

2. Any duly commissioned law enforcement officer having law enforcement authority at the place where a violation of this section occurs is authorized to enforce the provisions of this section.

3. Any person found to have committed a violation of this section shall be assessed a monetary penalty of $30.00 for each such violation, not including applicable court costs.

4. The court may waive, reduce or suspend the monetary penalty prescribed herein, and may impose such conditions on any waiver, reduction or suspension as it deems just. If the court determines that a person has insufficient funds to pay the monetary penalty, the court may order performance of a number of hours of community service in lieu of a monetary penalty, at the rate of the then state minimum wage per hour.

5. The first time a person has been issued a notice of infraction for violation of this section, if such person appears in person before the court and supplies the court with proof that between the date of the notice of infraction and the appearance date in court the person purchased a helmet that meets the requirements of this regulation, the court shall dismiss the notice of infraction without costs. (Ord. 5411 § 1, 2002.)

11.60.120 Violations – Responsibility of parent.

It is unlawful for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this chapter. 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; provided, that no violation of this chapter by any child under the age of 16 years, or by a parent or guardian of such child shall constitute negligence per se in any civil action brought or defended by or in behalf of such child. (1961 code § 11.60.090.)