City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 340.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 365.
[Derived from Ch. III, Sections 1 through 8, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen]

§ 141-1 License required. [1]

Unless preempted by statute or other municipal provisions, 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, alleys or public highways of the City of Monessen without first obtaining from the Police Department a license therefor.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 141-2 Issuance of annual license.

The Police Department is hereby authorized and directed to issue, upon written application, bicycle licenses which shall be effective from the first day of May 1952, to and including April 30, 1953, and thereafter said licenses shall be issued for the calendar year commencing on the first day of May of each calendar year and ending on the last day of April of the following calendar year. Said licenses which issue shall entitle the licensee to operate such bicycle for which said license has been issued upon all the streets, alleys and public highways, exclusive of the sidewalks thereof, in the City of Monessen.

§ 141-3 License plates and seals; registration cards.

The City of Monessen shall provide each year metallic license plates and seals, together with registration cards and isinglass holders therefor, said metallic license plates and registration cards having numbers stamped thereon in numerical order, beginning with Number 1, and indicating the year for which the same are issued, and the letters "MBL" stamped thereon; such metallic license plates shall be suitable for attachment upon the frames of bicycles, and it shall be the duty of the Police Department to attach one such metallic license plate to the frame of each bicycle and to issue a corresponding registration card to the licensee upon the payment of the license fee herein provided for. Such metallic license plate shall remain attached during the existence of such license. The Police Department shall also keep a record of the date of issue of each license, to whom issued, and the number thereof.

§ 141-4 Dealers' reports.

All persons engaged in the business of buying secondhand bicycles are hereby required to make daily reports to the Police Department, giving the name and address of the person from whom each bicycle is purchased, the description of each bicycle purchased, the frame number thereof and the number of the metallic license plate found thereon, if any. All persons engaged in the business of selling new or secondhand bicycles are hereby required to make a daily report to the Police Department, giving a list of all sales made by such dealers, which list shall include the name and address of each person to whom sold, the kind of bicycle sold, together with a description and frame number thereof, and the number of the metallic license plate attached thereto, if any.

§ 141-5 Reports of sale or transfer of bicycles; transfer of registration.

It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle to report such sale or transfer by returning to the Police Department the registration card issued to such person as licensee thereof, together with the name and address of the person to whom said bicycle was sold or transferred, and such report shall be made within five days of the date of said sale or transfer. It shall be the duty of the purchaser or transferee of such bicycle to apply for a transfer of registration therefor within five days of said sale or transfer.

§ 141-6 Unlawful destructive acts; exceptions.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the number of any bicycle frame licensed pursuant to this article. It shall also be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license plate, seal or registration care during the time in which such license plate, seal or registration card is operative; provided, however, that nothing in this article shall prohibit the Police Department from stamping numbers on the frames of bicycles on which no serial number can be found or on which said number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes.

§ 141-7 License fees.

The annual license fee to be paid for each bicycle shall be as set forth from time to time by resolution of the City Council and shall be paid in advance; and pursuant to § 141-5 of this article, such license may be transferred, and a fee as set forth from time to time by resolution of the City Council shall be paid for the registration of such transfer. All license fees collected under this article shall be paid into the general fund of the City of Monessen.

§ 141-8 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Derived from Ch. III, Sections 9 through 16, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen]

§ 141-9 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Any device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, either of which is more than 20 inches in diameter.

§ 141-10 Traffic ordinances applicable to bicycles. [1]

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle upon any street or public alley in the City of Monessen in violation of any provision of any traffic ordinance of the city which applies to motor vehicles, and any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalty prescribed in such traffic ordinance for such violation.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 365, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 141-11 Unlawful to operate bicycle on sidewalk.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle upon any sidewalk in the City of Monessen.

§ 141-12 Unlawful manner of riding bicycles.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any bicycle, when upon any street or public alley in the City of Monessen, to ride with both hands off the handlebars; or to ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto; or to carry any other person upon such bicycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon, nor shall any person ride upon a bicycle other than as above provided.

§ 141-13 Bicycles to be equipped with audible signal; use thereof.

No person shall operate a bicycle upon any street or public alley in the city unless such bicycle is equipped with a bell or other device audible for at least 100 feet, and the operator of such bicycle shall sound such audible signal when necessary to give warning to any pedestrian of the approach of such bicycle. No person shall use any siren or whistle upon any bicycle.

§ 141-14 Bicyclists not to interfere with pedestrians.

No person shall operate a bicycle upon any street or public alley in the city in such a manner as to interfere with any pedestrian who is exercising due care thereon.

§ 141-15 Bicycles to keep in single file.

No person operating a bicycle upon any street or public alley in the City of Monessen shall propel such bicycle abreast or to the left of any other bicycle being ridden upon such street or alley, except in passing such bicycle.

§ 141-16 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).