Chapter 10.20


10.20.010    Purpose.

10.20.020    Definitions.

10.20.030    Prohibited riding areas.

10.20.040    Prohibited riding.

10.20.050    Repealed.

10.20.060    Duty to yield.

10.20.070    Duty to obey traffic laws and traffic control devices.

10.20.080    Prohibited riding times.

10.20.090    Seizure of equipment.

10.20.100    Procedure for violations.

10.20.110    Penalty.

10.20.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the riding of bicycles, skateboards, scooters, unicycles, roller blades and roller skates. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.01.]

10.20.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:

Bicycle” means a vehicle that has a seat for the use of a rider, is operated on the ground on wheels, designed to travel with not more than two wheels in contact with the ground, excluding training wheels, and propelled exclusively by human power.

Roller blades” means any footwear with attached wheels or rollers.

Roller skate” means a shoe with a set of wheels attached for skating or a metal frame with wheels attached that can be fitted to the sole of a shoe.

Scooter” means a vehicle consisting of a narrow board mounted between two wheels or more with an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel.

Skateboard” means a narrow board or other surface mounted on two or more sets of wheels.

Unicycle” means any of various vehicles with a single wheel. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.02.]

10.20.030 Prohibited riding areas.

A. Riding as described in NMC 10.20.010 is prohibited on any sidewalk or other city property in the downtown commercial area of the city or on any sidewalk or other city property adjacent to city buildings, except public streets. The downtown commercial area is that area between River Street on the east, Main Street on the west, the north right-of-way boundary of Hancock Street on the north, and the south right-of-way boundary of Second Street on the south.

B. The traffic safety commission may designate additional prohibited riding areas. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.03.]

Penalty: See NMC 10.20.110.

10.20.040 Prohibited riding.

No person shall engage in a riding activity in an area designated as a prohibited riding area as defined in NMC 10.20.030. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.04.]

Penalty: See NMC 10.20.110.

10.20.050 Registration.

Repealed by Ord. 2808. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.05.]

10.20.060 Duty to yield.

A. Any person engaging in any regulated riding activity on a sidewalk shall at all times yield the right-of-way to pedestrians using such sidewalk and shall yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles when approaching or crossing a driveway.

B. Any person engaging in any regulated riding activity commits the offense of failure to yield to a police officer if the person refuses to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of a police officer. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.06.]

Penalty: See NMC 10.20.110.

10.20.070 Duty to obey traffic laws and traffic control devices.

Any person engaging in any regulated riding activity upon a public street shall obey all state traffic laws and traffic control devices, including, but not limited to:

A. No person shall ride or operate any bicycle upon the streets, alleys, sidewalks or public highways of the City of Newberg with two or more persons upon the same bicycle, except on a bicycle equipped with passenger seats for two or more riders.

B. No person, while riding or operating a regulated riding device, as described in NMC 10.20.010, on any street, alley, sidewalk or public highway in the City of Newberg, shall hold on to any other vehicle. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.07.]

Penalty: See NMC 10.20.110.

10.20.080 Prohibited riding times.

No person shall do any regulated riding activity upon any street or sidewalk between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise, unless the device or rider is equipped with equipment that meets the described requirements:

A. The lighting equipment must be used during limited visibility conditions;

B. The lighting equipment must show a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of the device;

C. The lighting equipment must have a red reflector or a light device or material of such size or characteristic and so mounted to be visible from a distance up to 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of the lawful lower beam of a motor vehicle’s headlights. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.08.]

Penalty: See NMC 10.20.110.

10.20.090 Seizure of equipment.

A. At such time a minor person under the age of 18 years is found to be committing a violation of this chapter, the police may seize the bicycle, roller skates, scooter, skateboard, unicycle or roller blades upon which the violator is riding. Seizure may be in addition to any other enforcement action or penalty.

B. A bicycle, scooter, or skateboard may be seized by police if the rider fails to yield to a police officer, as described in NMC 10.20.060(B).

C. The seized device may be recovered from the police department Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by an adult rider, or a minor’s parent or guardian, within 10 days of the seizure.

D. Any seized device not recovered from the police department within 10 days of seizure may be disposed of under the same provisions as provided for disposal of unclaimed found property. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.09.]

10.20.100 Procedure for violations.

A citation to appear in municipal court for violations of this chapter shall be issued to the alleged violator stating the date, time and place to appear and the date and place of the alleged offense. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.10.]

10.20.110 Penalty.

The penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a fine of not more than $500.00. [Ord. 2500, 11-2-98. Code 2001 § 73.99.]