Chapter 10.30


10.30.010    Bicycle licensing and sale.

10.30.020    Bicycle operation.

10.30.030    Impoundment of bicycles.

10.30.010 Bicycle licensing and sale.

(1) No person shall operate a bicycle upon the streets, alleys or public highways of the city without first obtaining a bicycle license from the police department.

(2) Upon written application, the police department shall issue bicycle licenses that are not interchangeable, and that are valid for the life of the bicycle. The chief of police shall approve or disapprove all applications made under this chapter.

(3) The registration and license fee shall be $1.00. A fee of $1.00 shall be charged for reregistration.

(4) No person under the age of six years shall be issued a license.

(5) No person shall remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the frame number, registration card or license plate on any bicycle.

(6) Every person who sells or transfers ownership of a used or secondhand bicycle shall report the sale or transfer by returning to the police department the registration card issued to the licensee, together with the name and address of the person to whom the bicycle was sold or transferred. The report shall be made within five days of the date of sale or transfer. The purchaser or transferee of the bicycle must apply for a transfer of registration within five days of sale or transfer.

(7) No person shall have in his or her possession, without permission of the registered owner, any bicycle registered in another person’s name.

(8) No person, firm or corporation shall purchase a used or secondhand bicycle which has no license plate or serial number, or on which the serial number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes, without first obtaining permission from the chief of police. [Ord. 642 § 36, 1988]

10.30.020 Bicycle operation.

(1) No person shall operate a bicycle upon a sidewalk parallel with or adjacent to any paved street.

(2) Bicycle racing will not be permitted except under the supervision of the police department.

(3) All persons riding or operating a bicycle shall obey all vehicle regulations as prescribed in state law for motor vehicles and applicable to bicycles.

(4) No person shall leave a bicycle parked, lying or standing in a manner that hinders or impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic upon the sidewalks, streets, or alleys. Bicycles shall be placed to avoid annoyance and danger of accident. [Ord. 642 § 37, 1988]

10.30.030 Impoundment of bicycles.

The police department may take and impound a bicycle whose rider violates any provision of BMC 10.30.010 or 10.30.020. A rider may claim the bicycle by appearing before the city clerk and, if found in violation of BMC 10.30.010 or 10.30.020, by paying any fine that may be assessed. [Ord. 642 § 38, 1988]