City of Kingston, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Kingston as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-7-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984 approved 8-28-1984, as Ch. 19, Art. I, of the 1984 Code]

§ 160-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Any vehicle of an arrangement or combination of two or three wheels, supported by a frame, propelled by the feet acting upon the pedals.

§ 160-2 Registration required.

It shall be unlawful for any resident of the City of Kingston to use or operate or rent for use any bicycle upon the public highways, streets, avenues, parks and public places in the City of Kingston without first registering the bicycle with the Police Department and obtaining a certificate of registration and identification tag.

§ 160-3 Application for and issuance of registration; identification tags.

A. 
Application. Application for registration shall be made to the City of Kingston Police Department on forms provided by the Police Department. The application shall state the name, age and address of the owner, and if the owner is under 16 years of age, the name of parent or guardian; the make, type, serial number and color of the bicycle; and the name and address of the person from whom the bicycle was purchased and any other information deemed necessary and pertinent. If the owner of the bicycle is a minor, the written consent of his or her parent or of the person standing in locus parenti or legal guardian of such owner shall be required and shall be filed with the application form.
B. 
Registration cards. Upon due application and payment of the fees herein provided, a registration card containing the name and address of the owner, plus the name and address of the parent or guardian if the owner is under 16 years of age, and the make, type, serial number and color of the bicycle shall be issued and any other information deemed necessary and pertinent. The registration cards shall be numbered consecutively.
C. 
Identification tags. There shall be issued an identification tag, which will be of the reflector type and capable of being securely affixed to the bicycle. It shall contain the words "Kingston, New York" and shall contain a conspicuous number which shall correspond to the number stamped on the registration card.

§ 160-4 Length of validity of registration.

The registration shall be valid for the bicycle registered for two years from the date of its original issuance.

§ 160-5 Transfer of ownership.

When an owner sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle he shall report such sale or transfer by returning to the Police Department the registration card issued to such person, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred; and such report shall be made within seven days of the date of such sale or transfer. The purchaser or transferee of such bicycle shall apply for a transfer of registration thereof within seven days of said sale or transfer.

§ 160-6 Fees.

A. 
Registration fees. The fee to be paid for registration of each bicycle shall be $0.25. The fee shall be paid in advance at the time of the issuance of the registration and identification tag.
[Amended 12-16-1999 by L.L. No. 2-2000, approved 1-3-2000]
B. 
Replacement of registration card and/or identification tags. In the event that the original bicycle registration card or identification tag is mutilated, damaged, lost or stolen, a replacement tag must be obtained from the Police Department. Said replacement tag shall be issued upon the payment of a fee of $1 and which registration shall expire on the expiration date set forth in the original registration.

§ 160-7 Removal or alteration of registration or identification tag.

It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any registration card or identification tag. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Police Department of the City of Kingston from affixing to the bicycle a number for identification when none can be found or when the existing serial number is illegible. The identification number to be so affixed shall be the social security number of either the owner, a parent of the owner or a person standing in the position of locus parenti or legal guardian of a minor.

§ 160-8 Rental bicycles.

No person, firm, partnership or corporation renting bicycles in the City of Kingston shall rent or hire a bicycle to anyone, unless the bicycle is registered and has attached thereto an identification tag, pursuant to this article.

§ 160-9 Operation of bicycles and tricycles.

[Amended 12-16-1999 by L.L. No. 2-2000; approved 1-3-2000]
A. 
Use on sidewalks or footpaths. No person shall ride any bicycle, tricycle or other vehicle propelled by the hands or feet of the rider along or upon any public sidewalk or footpath intended for the use of pedestrians within the City of Kingston, but this subsection shall not apply to children under 12 years of age nor to infirm person or persons who cannot walk by reason of being invalids or cripples.
B. 
Lamps and other equipment. No persons shall ride or propel any bicycle or tricycle upon any public street or avenue in the City of Kingston unless said bicycle or tricycle shall be equipped with lamps and other equipment required in Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1236.
C. 
Riding restrictions. No driver of a bicycle shall carry any other person thereon except on a seat securely fastened to the machine at the rear of the driver and provided with suitable rests and hand grips, nor practice any fancy or trick riding on any roadway.

§ 160-10 Maintenance of records.

The Police Department of the City of Kingston, New York, shall maintain a permanent record of all registration cards for each bicycle registered in the City of Kingston. The cards shall be maintained in two separate files, one according to registration number in numerical sequence and one according to registrant name in alphabetical order.

§ 160-11 Suspension or revocation of registration.

The Chief of Police or his designee shall have the authority to suspend or revoke the registration of any bicycle so registered under this article and may do so for the operation thereof contrary to the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York; and upon such suspension or revocation he may order the removal of the identification tags from such bicycle. In addition to such suspension or revocation, any person who shall violate the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York in the operation of a bicycle shall be further dealt with in accordance with the provisions of such law.

§ 160-12 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any person under the age of 16 years who violates any of the provisions of this article shall for the first offense be reprimanded by the Chief of Police or his designee, in writing, to be sent to the parent or guardian of the offender.
B. 
Any person under 16 years of age who violates any of the provisions of this article shall for a second or subsequent offense have his/her right to operate a bicycle in the City of Kingston revoked for a period of time not to exceed 30 days for each such offense. Such revocation shall be ordered by the Chief of Police or his designee after due hearing, on notice, to be attended by the offender and his parent, person standing in locus parenti or legal guardian of such minor. If the parent, person standing in locus parenti or legal guardian of such minor shall fail or refuse to attend such hearing without a valid excuse, he shall be chargeable with a violation and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $25 or imprisonment not exceeding 10 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
Any person who 16 years of age or over and any firm, partnership or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be chargeable with a violation and shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $25 or imprisonment not exceeding 10 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and shall be subject to suspension of his bicycle registration for a period not to exceed six months. Upon the completion of the suspension aforesaid, the bicycle registration shall be automatically restored.

§ 160-13 When effective.

This article shall take effect immediately after final passage, public hearing and approval of the Mayor of the City of Kingston, New York, as provided by law.
[Adopted 8-7-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984 approved 8-28-1984, as Ch. 19, Art. II, of the 1984 Code]

§ 160-14 Parking of bicycles and tricycles prohibited.

No bicycles or tricycles, when parked in the business district commonly known as the "Wall Street District," shall be parked in or upon the premises known as the "City Parking Garage" on North Front Street, at the foot of Wall Street, Kingston, New York, and it shall be lawful for the garage attendants and members of the Police Department of the City of Kingston, New York, to prevent the parking thereof.

§ 160-15 Operating bicycles and tricycles prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle or tricycle within said City Garage premises at any time.

§ 160-16 Penalties for offenses.

Violations of this article shall be deemed offenses and shall be punishable, upon conviction, by fines not exceeding $25 or by imprisonment not exceeding five days for each such violation.

§ 160-17 When effective.

This article shall take effect immediately after final passage, approval and publication, as provided by law.