Village of Fox Point, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fox Point as Ch. 23 of the 1961 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 870.

§ 591-1 Equipment of bicycles. [1]

A. 
No person may operate a bicycle or motor bicycle upon a roadway, pedestrian walk, or bicycle way during hours of darkness unless the bicycle or motor bicycle is equipped with or the operator is wearing a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of the bicycle or motor bicycle. A bicycle or motor bicycle shall also be equipped with a red reflector that has a diameter of at least two inches of surface area on the rear so mounted and maintained as to be visible from all distances from 50 to 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red or flashing amber light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to but not in lieu of the red reflector.
B. 
No person may operate a bicycle or motor bicycle upon a roadway, pedestrian walk, or bicycle way unless it is equipped with a brake in good working condition, adequate to control the movement of and to stop the bicycle or motor bicycle whenever necessary.
C. 
No bicycle or motor bicycle may be equipped with nor may any person riding upon a bicycle or motor bicycle use any siren or compression whistle.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 591-2 Rules for operation of bicycles.

A. 
No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this section.
B. 
In this section, "substandard width lane" means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
C. 
Special rules applicable to bicycles. Whenever a bicycle is operated upon a highway, bicycle lane or bicycle way, the following rules apply:
(1) 
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
(2) 
Except as provided in Subsection C(3), no bicycle may be used to carry or transport more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed.
(3) 
In addition to the operator, a bicycle otherwise designed to carry only the operator may be used to carry or transport a child seated in an auxiliary child's seat or trailer designed for attachment to a bicycle if the seat or trailer is securely attached to the bicycle according to the directions of the manufacturer of the seat or trailer.
(4) 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
(5) 
No person riding a bicycle shall attach himself or herself or his or her bicycle to any vehicle upon a roadway.
(6) 
No person may ride a moped or motor bicycle with the power unit in operation upon a bicycle way.
(7) 
Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of the unobstructed traveled roadway, including operators who are riding two or more abreast, where permitted, except:
(a) 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
(b) 
When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
(c) 
When reasonably necessary to avoid unsafe conditions, including fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to ride along the right-hand edge or curb.
(8) 
Notwithstanding Subsection C(7), any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway having two or more lanes available for traffic may ride as near the left-hand edge or curb of the roadway as practicable.
(9) 
Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall exercise due care when passing a standing or parked vehicle or a vehicle proceeding in the same direction, allowing a minimum of three feet between the bicycle and the vehicle, and shall give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider proceeding in the same direction.
(10) 
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may ride two abreast if such operation does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. Bicycle operators riding two abreast on a two-lane or more roadway shall ride within a single lane.
(11) 
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except upon any path, trail, lane or other way set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(12) 
No person may operate a bicycle upon a roadway, pedestrian walk or bicycle way where a sign is erected indicating that bicycles are prohibited.
(13) 
Every rider of a bicycle shall, upon entering on a highway, yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles.
(14) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle or pedestrian way shall:
(a) 
Exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider or a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction.
(b) 
Obey each traffic signal or sign facing a roadway which runs parallel and adjacent to a bicycle way.
(15) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way open to two-way traffic shall ride on the right side of the bicycle way.
(16) 
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle way shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles and pedestrians in the bicycle way.
D. 
Applicability of state law. Every person using a bicycle or motor bicycle upon public roadways shall be subject to the provisions of all ordinances and state laws applicable to the operator of any vehicle, except those provisions with reference to equipment of vehicles and except those provisions which by their nature would have no application.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 591-3 Registration of bicycles.

Notes
Bicycle Permit
Created: 2017-06-14|Updated: 2017-06-14
See Bicycle Registration Form
A. 
Any resident of Fox Point who owns and operates a bicycle on the roadways, pedestrian walks, or bicycle ways within the Village limits must, prior to operating the bicycle, register the bicycle with the Police Department and pay the registration fee.
B. 
Application for registration of a bicycle shall be made to the Police Department upon the form provided. The applicant shall provide the owner's name, date of birth, address, telephone number, a complete description of the bicycle including the serial number and any other information required by the Chief of Police. The license tag shall be placed on the support post directly under the seat of the bicycle, facing towards the front of the bicycle.
C. 
A registration fee established by the Village Board and included in Chapter 63 of this Code shall be paid by the applicant. A nonexpiring, nontransferable bicycle license tag will be issued to the applicant. All fees shall be paid at the time of issuance and are nonrefundable.

§ 591-4 Damaging license tag.

No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the number of any bicycle serial number or license tag issued under this chapter. Within seven days after any bicycle registered in accordance with this chapter changes ownership or is dismantled and taken out of operation, the registered owner shall report such information to the Police Department.

§ 591-5 Locking requirement.

Every bicycle in the Village which is unattended, other than on or at a private residence, shall at all times be securely locked to prevent the theft of the bicycle.

§ 591-6 Skateboards, roller skates and roller skis.

A. 
No person shall ride, push or travel upon a skateboard, roller skates, or roller skis upon the following listed premises:
(1) 
Any Village street except while crossing a roadway at a crosswalk.
(2) 
All off-road premises held out to the public for use of their motor vehicles, whether such premises are publicly or privately owned and whether or not a fee is charged for the use thereof.
(3) 
Any sidewalk or pedestrian way within any shopping center in the Village.
(4) 
All tennis courts on public property within the Village.
(5) 
In or upon any property without the express permission of a person in authority at such place, or where the owner or person in charge of such property has posted signs thereto that operation of such is prohibited.
(6) 
On the portion of and the pedestrian path adjacent to North Beach Drive known as Beach Drive Hill, which is located between North Lake Drive and 7619 North Beach Drive.
B. 
Operators or riders of skateboards, roller skates, and roller skis shall yield the right-of-way to other pedestrians using pedestrian ways and shall not otherwise endanger or interfere with pedestrian traffic on those pedestrian ways.
C. 
This section does not apply to in-line skates as defined in § 340.01(24m), Wis. Stats.

§ 591-7 In-line skates.

A. 
This section is created pursuant to § 349.235, Wis. Stats.
B. 
Definition. "In-line skates" means skates with wheels arranged singly in a tandem rather than in pairs.
C. 
Applicability of state law. Every person using in-line skates upon public roadways shall be subject to provisions of all ordinances and state laws applicable to the operator of any vehicle, except those provisions with reference to equipment of vehicle and except those provisions which by their nature would have no application.
D. 
Pedestrian ways. Every person using in-line skates upon a pedestrian way shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall exercise due care when passing any other person proceeding in the same direction.
E. 
Riding on roadway.
(1) 
Every person using in-line skates on a two-way public street shall keep as close to the right-hand curb as possible and shall proceed with traffic. Every person using in-line skates upon a one-way public street shall proceed in the direction of one-way traffic.
(2) 
Every person using in-line skates on a two-way public street shall ride single file on all public roadways.
(3) 
Persons using in-line skates upon a public roadway shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of motor vehicles.
F. 
Clinging to moving vehicles prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person using in-line skates to cling to or attach to any bicycle or other moving vehicle upon a public roadway.
G. 
Observance of traffic regulations. Every person using in-line skates upon a public roadway shall stop for all stop signs and traffic signals.
H. 
Yielding to traffic. The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to use of in-line skates in the same manner as for bicyclists and pedestrians under §§ 346.23, 346.24, 346.37 and 346.38, Wis. Stats. When using in-line skates, every person shall, upon entering a public roadway, yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles, except that a person using in-line skates shall be subject to the same regulations as bicyclists and pedestrians under §§ 346.23, 346.24, 346.37 and 346.38, Wis. Stats.
I. 
Prohibited use. No person shall ride upon in-line skates upon the following listed premises:
(1) 
All off-road premises held out to the public for use of their motor vehicles, whether such premises are publicly or privately owned and whether or not a fee is charged for the use thereof.
(2) 
Any sidewalk or pedestrian way within any shopping center in the Village.
(3) 
All tennis courts on public property within the Village.
(4) 
In or upon any property without the express permission of a person in authority at such place, or where the owner or person in charge of such property has posted signs thereto that operation of such is prohibited.
(5) 
On the portion of and the pedestrian path adjacent to North Beach Drive, known as Beach Drive Hill, which is located between North Lake Drive and 7619 North Beach Drive.
(6) 
Any street, road or highway prohibited by state law.
(7) 
On North Lake Drive.
[Added 8-14-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-06]
J. 
Lamps and reflectors. Every person using in-line skates between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp firmly attached to the front of such person exhibiting a white light to the front and with a reflector on the rear visible at a distance of 500 feet. The reflector shall not be less than one inch in diameter. A lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light may also be used.

§ 591-8 Visibility requirements for pedestrians on Village streets after dark.

[Added 1-14-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-02]
A. 
Pedestrians must be clearly visible. No person may walk, run, stand, or otherwise be present on a public roadway between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, unless such person is clearly visible as defined herein.
B. 
Clearly visible defined. "Clearly visible," for purposes of this section, shall be defined as follows: A person is clearly visible if, and only if, the person satisfies one or more of the following requirements:
(1) 
Reflective clothing. At least four square inches of the surface area of the outer layer of such person's clothing is reflectorized such that it is visible from a distance of up to 500 feet when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle, both to the front and rear of such person; or
(2) 
Reflectors. Such person is equipped with reflectors with a diameter of at least two inches of surface area, or reflective tape that has at least two square inches of surface area, which is carried or attached to such person in a manner as to be visible from up to 500 feet when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle, both to the front and rear of such person.
(3) 
Flashlight alternative. A flashlight that is lit and worn or carried by the pedestrian and which is visible from a distance of up to 500 feet in front of such person may be used in lieu of the foregoing reflective requirements for the front of such person; and a flashlight that is lit and worn or carried by the pedestrian that is red in color that is visible from a distance of up to 500 feet behind such person may be used in lieu of the reflective requirements for the rear of such person.
C. 
Parental responsibility. No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this section.
D. 
Multiple parties, individual responsibilities. The requirements of this section apply equally to every person on a public roadway. The fact that one or more member from a group of pedestrians may satisfy the requirements does not relieve other members of the group of the obligation to do so.

§ 591-9 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in § 1-4 of this Code.