CHAPTER 73
Bicycles

Section

Bicycle Operation

73.01    Bicycle to be in safe condition: compliance with laws

73.02    Compliance with traffic signals

73.03    Unlawful to ride on sidewalk in commercial zone

73.04    Riding abreast

73.05    Clinging to moving vehicles

73.06    Single riders

73.07    Carrying articles

73.08    Racing; trick riding

73.09    Parking regulations

73.10    Speed

73.11    Riding on parks, playgrounds and schools

73.12    Turns

73.13    Crossing

73.14    Signals

73.15    Accidents

Bicycles Certification

73.25    Certificate required

73.26    Issuance of certificate by police; records

73.27    Safe mechanical condition

73.99    Penalty

BICYCLE OPERATION

73.01 BICYCLE TO BE IN SAFE CONDITION: COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS.

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate a bicycle in the city unless the bicycle is equipped as otherwise provided in this chapter and unless the bicycle is in safe mechanical condition. Every person riding or operating a bicycle on any street, alley, or public place in the city shall be subject to all provisions of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the city applicable to the drivers of vehicles, except the provisions thereof that by their very nature can have no application.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.02 COMPLIANCE WITH TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

Every person operating a bicycle in the city shall stop for all stop signs and traffic signals.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.03 UNLAWFUL TO RIDE ON SIDEWALK IN COMMERCIAL ZONE.

It shall be unlawful to ride or operate a bicycle on any sidewalk in the city inside of the commercial zone. It shall be lawful to ride or operate a bicycle on any sidewalk in the city outside of the commercial zone.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.04 RIDING ABREAST.

Every person riding or operating a bicycle on any street, alley, or public place in the city shall keep the bicycle on the extreme right of the traffic lane, and it shall be unlawful for two or more operators of bicycles to travel abreast on any street, alley, or public place in the city or to operate the bicycle on traffic lanes otherwise than in single file.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.05 CLINGING TO MOVING VEHICLES.

No person riding or operating a bicycle in the city shall cling or attach himself or his bicycle to any other moving vehicle or person in any other vehicle.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.06 SINGLE RIDERS.

No person shall operate or ride on any bicycle upon the streets, alleys, or public highways of the city two or more persons upon the same bicycle; provided, however, that this restriction shall not apply to tandem bicycles or other bicycles equipped for two or more riders.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.07 CARRYING ARTICLES.

No person riding or operating a bicycle in the city shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prohibits the rider from having full control of the bicycle at all times.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.08 RACING; TRICK RIDING.

(A)    Racing. No person riding or operating a bicycle upon a public highway or street shall participate in any race, speed, or endurance contest unless such race or endurance contest has the written permission of and is under supervision of the Chief of Police.

(B)    Trick riding. No person riding or operating a bicycle shall perform or attempt to perform any acrobatic fancy, or stunt riding upon any public highway or street in the city

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.09 PARKING REGULATIONS.

(A)    No person shall park any bicycle against windows or parking meters or on the main traveled portion of the sidewalk nor in such manner as to constitute a hazard to pedestrians, traffic, or property.

(B)    If there are no bicycle racks or other facilities intended to be used for parking of bicycles in the vicinity, bicycles may be parked on the sidewalk in an upright position parallel to and within 24 inches of the curb.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.10 SPEED.

No person shall ride or operate a bicycle faster than is reasonable and proper, and every bicycle shall be operated with reasonable regard to the safety of the operator and other persons upon the streets, sidewalks, and public highways of the city.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.11 RIDING ON PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND SCHOOLS.

No person shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any playground, park, or school ground where children are playing without permission of the person having supervision thereof.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.12 TURNS.

(A)    Turning. Every person riding or operating a bicycle upon the streets and highways of the city shall turn only at intersections except as otherwise provided herein.

(B)    Right turn. Every person riding or operating a bicycle intending to turn to the right at an intersection or into an alley or driveway, shall approach the turning point in the line of traffic nearest the right-hand curb of the street.

(C)    Left turn. Every person riding or operating a bicycle intending to turn left at an intersection or to enter an alley or driveway shall approach the joint of turning in the line of traffic nearest to the center of the roadway. The operator of a bicycle in turning left at an intersection shall pass to the right of the center of the intersection before turning unless otherwise directed by markers, buttons, or signs.

(D)    U-turns.

(1)    No bicycle shall be turned in any business district so as to proceed in the opposite direction, except at intersections.

(2)    No bicycle operated in a residence district shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection.

(E)    Turn right against red light. The operator of a bicycle which is stopped as close as practicable to the entrance of an intersection in obedience to a red light or stop signal may make a right turn but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, unless a sign has been posted at the intersection prohibiting such turn.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.13 CROSSING.

The operator of a bicycle on leaving an alley or driveway, when his view of either the sidewalk or street area is obstructed shall stop such bicycle immediately prior to riding upon such sidewalk or street area.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.14 SIGNALS.

No person shall turn a bicycle or stop a bicycle which he is riding or operating unless such movement can be made with safety, and then only after giving an appropriate signal during the last 50 feet traveled by the bicycle before turning or stopping.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.15 ACCIDENTS.

(A)    The operator of any bicycle involved in an accident shall take reasonable steps to ascertain whether or not anyone was injured, and he shall give his name, address, and the license number of his bicycle to the person with whom he was in collision, and he shall obtain the same information from the other person.

(B)    It shall be the duty of the bicycle operator to make a written report of any accident resulting in death or injury to the Police Department with 24 hours of such accident.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

BICYCLES CERTIFICATION

73.25 CERTIFICATE REQUIRED.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a bicycle propelled wholly or in part by muscular power upon any of the streets, highways, or alleys of the city without first obtaining from the Police Department or its authorized agent a certificate therefor.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.26 ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE BY POLICE; RECORDS.

(A)    The Police Department is hereby authorized and directed to issue bicycle certificates of title which shall be good until revoked. Such certificates, when issued, shall entitle the holder thereof to operate such bicycle for which the certificate was issued upon the streets, alleys, or public highways of the city, exclusive of the sidewalks, except as hereinafter provided. The Police Department may issue a bicycle certificate of title for a bicycle when so requested by the owner. The Police Department shall charge a fee for issuing a certificate as established by resolution of the City Council.

(B)    The Chief of Police may issue to each bicycle dealer certificate of title forms which shall be executed in duplicate at time of sale of each bicycle, the original thereof which shall be delivered to the purchaser, the duplicate forwarded within 24 hours to the Chief of Police. The certificate of title form shall include such information as the make and model of the bicycle sold, the color thereof, the frame number, date of sale, name and address of purchaser, and such other information as the Chief of Police may direct. There will be no fee for the issuance of such certificate.

(C)    The purchaser shall promptly take the certificate to the Police Department which shall issue a number therefor, and will cause the identical number to be stamped upon the underside of the sprocket of the bicycle. The Police Department will maintain a record of the bicycle by name and address of certificate holder, together with complete description of the bicycle and any other information which might serve to promptly identify the bicycle.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65; Am. Ord. 2243, passed 3-20-17. Formerly 73.256)

73.27 SAFE MECHANICAL CONDITION.

Every person desiring a bicycle certificate must satisfy the Chief of Police or his authorized agent that the bicycle for which the applicant desires to secure license plates meets the following requirements as to safe mechanical condition.

(A)    Brakes. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake adequate to skid the front or rear tire of the bicycle upon application of the brake.

(B)    Warning devices. Every bicycle may be equipped with a horn or bell capable of emitting sound audible for a distance of not less than 100 feet under normal conditions.

(C)    Sirens and whistles. It shall be unlawful to equip a bicycle with a siren or whistle.

(D)    Handlebar grips. Every bicycle that is equipped with handlebar grips must have the grips securely glued or cemented to the handlebars.

(E)    Carriers. Every bicycle equipped with a carrier must have the carrier securely attached to the bicycle.

(F)    Stands. Every bicycle should be equipped with a stand of either kick or "U" type.

(G)    Lights. Every bicycle operated at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible any person or vehicle on the streets or sidewalks shall be equipped with a lamp affixed to the front of the bicycle, which lamp shall exhibit a white light visible for a distance of 500 feet from the front of the bicycle, and the bicycle shall be equipped with a red lamp or reflector affixed to the rear fender, which shall exhibit a red light visible for a distance of 300 feet from the rear of the bicycle.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65; Am. Ord. 2243, passed 3-20-17. Formerly 73.267) Penalty, see § 73.99

73.99 PENALTY.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 138 commits a Class A violation.

(Ord. 558, passed 12-22-65; Am. Ord. 1632, passed 6-22-87; Am. Ord. 1976, passed 10-26-98)