Chapter 11.56


11.56.010    License required.

11.56.020    Application—Issuance—Scope.

11.56.030    Fees.

11.56.040    Disposition of fees.

11.56.050    License plates and registration cards.

11.56.060    Report of persons selling secondhand bicycles.

11.56.070    Reports of persons buying or selling bicycles.

11.56.080    Reports to be made within twenty-four hours.

11.56.090    Lost or stolen bicycles.

11.56.100    Registration of for-hire bicycles.

11.56.110    Removal of frame numbers, registration cards or other identifying materials.

11.56.120    Restriction of operation of bicycles on business district pedestrian facilities.

11.56.130    Carrying additional passengers prohibited.

11.56.140    Clinging to moving vehicles.

11.56.150    Obedience to traffic signals.

11.56.160    Lights.

11.56.170    Parking—Impoundment of bicycles lying on sidewalks.

11.56.180    Suspension of operation upon violations of chapter.

11.56.190    Substitution of materials.

11.56.010 License required.

It is unlawful for any person to operate or use a bicycle propelled wholly or in part by muscular power upon any of the streets, alleys or public highways of the city, without first obtaining from the police department of the city a license to do so. (Prior code § 5.1).

11.56.020 Application—Issuance—Scope.

Upon written application to the license collector and payment to him of the license fee specified by this chapter, the police department is authorized and directed to issue a license to the applicant, which license, when issued, shall entitle the licensee to operate and use the bicycle for which the license was obtained upon the streets, alleys and public highways in the city, except as otherwise specified by this chapter. (Prior code § 5.2).

11.56.030 Fees.

The license fee for registration of each bicycle shall be as established by resolution of the City Council. (Ord. 540 § 1, 1973: Prior code § 5.3).

11.56.040 Disposition of fees.

All license fees and transfer fees collected under this chapter shall be paid into a revolving fund, out of which the expenses of the administration of the provisions of this chapter shall be paid, and the fund shall be under the supervision of and accounted for by the police department of the city. Any balance after payment of expenses of administration shall be paid into the general fund of the city at the end of each fiscal year. (Prior code § 5.4).

11.56.050 License plates and registration cards.

The city shall provide metallic license plates and seals, with registration cards and isinglass holders therefor. The plates and registration cards shall have corresponding number stamped thereon in numerical order, beginning with number "1"; also the name of the city. It shall be the duty of the police department to attach one such metallic plate to the frame of each bicycle so licensed and to issue a registration card correspondingly numbered to the licensee upon proof of payment to the city’s license collector of the fee required by this chapter; such metallic plate shall remain attached to such bicycle during the existence of such license. The police department shall keep a record of the date and number of every such license and the name of the person to whom issued. (Prior code § 5.5).

11.56.060 Report of persons selling secondhand bicycles.

It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any used or secondhand bicycle to report such sale or transfer to the police department within five days thereafter, returning the registration card theretofor issued to the seller as licensee and giving the name and address of the person to whom such bicycle was sold or transferred. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee to apply to the police department for a transfer of the registration of such bicycle within five days after such sale or transfer. (Prior code § 5.6).

11.56.070 Reports of persons buying or selling bicycles.

It shall be the duty of all persons engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles to make a report to the police department of every secondhand bicycle purchased by them, and every new or secondhand bicycle sold. Such report shall contain the name and address of the person from whom any secondhand bicycle has been purchased, a description of such bicycle, the frame number thereof and the number of the license plate thereon, if any. In the case of new bicycles sold, the report shall contain the name and address of the purchaser and a description and the frame number of the bicycle. (Prior code § 5.7).

11.56.080 Reports to be made within twenty-four hours.

The reports required by Sections 11.56.060 and 11.56.070 shall be made to the police department within twenty-four hours after such purchase or sale. (Prior code § 5.8).

11.56.090 Lost or stolen bicycles.

In case any bicycle is lost or stolen the owner or person in control thereof shall immediately notify the police department. (Prior code § 5.9).

11.56.100 Registration of for-hire bicycles.

All persons who rent, hire out or loan bicycles shall first obtain license tags to be used on such bicycles by paying therefor the regular fee, which tags shall be attached to the bicycles in a manner so that they may be transferred from one bicycle to another to suit the convenience of the owners of such bicycles. Persons requiring such tags may secure the same from the police department. (Prior code § 5.10).

11.56.110 Removal of frame numbers, registration cards or other identifying materials.

It is unlawful for any person wilfully or maliciously to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any bicycle metallic plate or other substitute material plate, seal, registration card, or the number thereon, during the time in which the same is operative; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the police department from stamping numbers on the frames of bicycles on which no serial number can be found, or on which the number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes. (Prior code § 5.11).

11.56.120 Restriction of operation of bicycles on business district pedestrian facilities.

It is unlawful for any person to ride or operate a bicycle on any sidewalk within any business or commercial districts and zones within the city. (Ord. 900 § 1, 2000).

11.56.130 Carrying additional passengers prohibited.

Bicycles designed and constructed to carry only one person shall not be used to carry any additional person either on the handle bars thereof or elsewhere thereon. (Prior code § 5.13).

11.56.140 Clinging to moving vehicles.

No person while riding any bicycle shall hold on to or pull another moving vehicle. (Prior code § 5.14).

11.56.150 Obedience to traffic signals.

Every person riding and operating a bicycle shall obey all traffic signals and signs, and before making turns shall give the same signals as required of the operator of motor vehicles. (Prior code § 5.15).

11.56.160 Lights.

No rider of a bicycle shall ride the same at night without an adequate white headlight on the front thereof and a red light or red reflector on the rear, as required by the Vehicle Code of the state. (Prior code § 5.16).

11.56.170 Parking—Impoundment of bicycles lying on sidewalks.

The police department shall provide and set up suitable racks adjacent to the curb or gutter at such places in the business districts of the city as may be deemed advisable for the parking of bicycles by persons who may have occasion to stop temporarily in such districts. All bicycles found lying on the sidewalks may be taken up and impounded by the police department, from whence they may be recovered by proving ownership of the bicycle and obtaining an order from the chief of police. (Prior code § 5.17).

11.56.180 Suspension of operation upon violations of chapter.

In addition to the penalty provided by Chapter 1.12 of this code for violations of this chapter, the court may either in lieu of or in addition to such fine and imprisonment prohibit the operation upon the streets, alleys and public places of the city for a period of not to exceed thirty days of the bicycle used in such violation, in which event the bicycle so used shall be impounded with the police department and retained there for the prohibited period. In such case the owner’s license shall be suspended and his card held for the period during which the operation of the bicycle is prohibited. In the event the violation of this chapter consists of a failure to secure a license, the unlicensed bicycle may be impounded and retained by the police department until the license provided for in this chapter is obtained by the owner of the bicycle. (Prior code § 5.18).

11.56.190 Substitution of materials.

In the event the city shall not be able to secure sufficient and necessary metal to provide the metallic license plates and seals mentioned in this chapter, then the city shall have the right to use any suitable substitute material to reasonably give effect to the provisions of this chapter in accordance with the content and spirit hereof. (Prior code § 5.19).