City of Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of Latrobe 7-13-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-2 as Ch. IV, Part 1, of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 219.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 256.

§ 183-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
Includes every device propelled by human power upon which any person might ride, having two tandem wheels, either one or both of which is of a diameter of 20 inches or more.
LICENSE
A metallic plate having numbers stamped thereon in numerical order and indicating the year for which the same are issued.
PERSON
Includes any individual person, firm, association or corporation.
SKATEBOARD
A single platform which is mounted on wheels, having no mechanism or other device with which to steer or control the direction of movement thereof while being used, operated or ridden.
[Added 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-3]
WHEELED DEVICE
Any device not listed previously, propelled by human power and having wheels upon which any person may ride. Wheelchairs and baby strollers are excepted from the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-3]

§ 183-2 License required.

It shall be unlawful for any person who is a resident of Latrobe to operate a bicycle upon any of the public streets, alleys or highways within Latrobe without obtaining a license as herein provided through the Police Department of Latrobe.

§ 183-3 Application for license; fee.

All persons who are residents of Latrobe owning or operating bicycles within Latrobe shall make an application for a bicycle license plate upon the form provided by Latrobe and issued through the Police Department under the supervision of the Mayor of Latrobe and shall pay therefor an annual license fee of $0.25 for each calendar year or part thereof for which the license plate or renewal is issued.

§ 183-4 License plates; expiration date.

Latrobe shall provide each year metallic license plates, together with ownership certificates, both of which shall be numbered or have numbers stamped thereon in numerical order and shall indicate the year for which the same are issued. The Chief of Police, under the supervision of the Mayor of Latrobe, upon receiving properly executed application, is authorized to issue a license plate and certificate which shall be effective during the remainder of the year in which the same is issued and shall expire on May 31 of each year.

§ 183-5 Records to be kept.

The Police Department, under the supervision of the Mayor, shall keep a record of each license issued showing thereon the date of issuance, the name of the person to whom issued and the identification number of the bicycle for which issued, together with a record of the fees collected for such licenses.

§ 183-6 Attachment of license plate to bicycle.

The license plate issued shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle for which it is issued so that the same is visible at all times and shall remain so attached during the term for which the license is issued.

§ 183-7 Renewal or replacement of license.

Upon the expiration of the bicycle license or upon the loss of any bicycle license, the same may be renewed or replaced upon a proper application and payment of the fees set forth hereinabove through the Police Department under the supervision of the Mayor of Latrobe.

§ 183-8 Inspection.

All persons, residents of Latrobe, making application for a license for a bicycle shall have the bicycle inspected by the Police Department of Latrobe, and a license shall be refused to any person making an application therefor for a bicycle which the Police Department deems to be in an unsafe mechanical condition and not equipped with proper braking device.

§ 183-9 Removal of license plate; transfer of license.

If any person to whom a license has been issued for a bicycle sells or transfers said bicycle, the license plate shall be removed and surrendered to the Police Department of Latrobe, or said person may, upon proper application, without any charge or an additional fee, have said license transferred to another bicycle owned by the same person.

§ 183-10 Rental agencies.

No person shall lend any bicycle or offer the bicycle for rent unless the same is duly licensed, the plate attached to said bicycle and the bicycle equipped in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

§ 183-11 Operation.

[Amended 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-3]
All persons operating bicycles, skateboards and other wheeled devices upon any public street, alley or highway within Latrobe shall be subject to the provisions of the traffic regulations of Latrobe as the same are applicable to the operator of any motor vehicle, except as otherwise herein provided, and all such persons operating bicycles, skateboards and other wheeled devices within Latrobe shall obey instructions of official traffic signals, signs and other traffic control devices, unless otherwise provided herein, and shall be subject to the following regulations:
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a skateboard, in-line skates or any other wheeled device upon any street, alley or public roadway within Latrobe (wheeled device shall not include bicycles) or upon any sidewalk in Latrobe inside the area bounded by the westerly curbline of Alexandria Street on the east, Jefferson Street on the west, the railroad tracks on the north and the northerly curbline of Walnut Street on the south. It shall also be unlawful for any person to ride a skateboard, in-line skates or any other wheeled device, including bicycles, in, through, over or upon any parking garage operated by the City of Latrobe and/or the Latrobe Area Hospital. Further, it shall be unlawful for any person to ride a skateboard, in-line skates or any other wheeled device (wheeled device shall not include bicycle) in, over, through or upon any other parking lot included in the off-street parking system operated by the City of Latrobe and/or operated by the Latrobe Area Hospital; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to sidewalk and street crossings on the easterly side of Jefferson Street, from the railroad tracks to and including Walnut Street, where the use of skateboards or other wheeled devices shall be permitted.
[Amended 4-10-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-8; 3-10-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-5]
B. 
All persons operating a bicycle shall ride only upon the regular seat provided thereon and shall not permit any other person to ride said bicycle at the same time, except upon a regular seat provided in tandem.
C. 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
D. 
No person shall operate a bicycle at any time unless both hands are upon the handlebars.
E. 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or other article which in any way prevents the operator from keeping both hands upon the handlebars.
F. 
All persons operating bicycles, skateboards or other wheeled devices upon any public street, alley or highway within Latrobe shall operate said bicycle as close to the right-hand side of said street, alley or highway as practicable under the circumstances, exercising due care when passing standing vehicles or passing one proceeding in the same direction.
G. 
All operators of bicycles, skateboards or other wheeled devices, when emerging from an alley, driveway or hidden entrance, shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or crosswalk, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrian traffic and, upon entering the traveled portion of the street, alley or highway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching thereon.
H. 
All persons operating bicycles upon any public street, alley or highway within Latrobe shall not ride with more than two bicycles abreast at any one time, except in such areas or upon such portions of said highways, streets or alleys as may be set aside for the exclusive use and operation of bicycles.

§ 183-12 Equipment.

All bicycles owned and operated by residents of Latrobe, before a license can be issued therefor upon application, shall have said bicycle equipped with a bell or other signaling device capable of rendering a signal audible for a distance of at least 50 feet, and all bicycles must be equipped with a braking device enabling the operator thereof to make or cause the wheel of said bicycle to skid on a dry, level pavement.

§ 183-13 Protection of identification number and license plate.

It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate or in any way alter or change the identification number on any bicycle frame of any licensed bicycle under the terms of this chapter, and, further, it shall be unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, mutilate, alter or change any license plate or certificate during the term for which said plate and certificate is issued; provided, however, that the Police Department, under the supervision of the Mayor of Latrobe, may cause to be stamped upon bicycles identifying numbers if any such bicycles have no numbers of identification.

§ 183-14 Suspension of license.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter may, in lieu of conviction thereof, have the license plate and certificate suspended for a period not to exceed 30 days. In such event, the license plate shall be removed by the Police Department under the supervision of the Mayor of Latrobe, and subsequent operation of said bicycle during the period of said suspension shall constitute a violation of this chapter.

§ 183-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-3; 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance (Part 1) shall, upon conviction thereof, before the District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution, or, in default of payment of fine and costs, be subject to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Further, the bicycle, skateboard or wheeled device of any violator may be impounded by the Latrobe Police Department, to be returned to the owner thereof upon payment of the penalty as set forth herein, or upon a finding of innocence by the District Justice. If the violator is a minor, the parent or guardian of said minor shall be notified that he or she is to pick up the bicycle, skateboard or other wheeled device so held by the Latrobe Police Department.

§ 183-16 Exemptions.

[Added 12-13-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-12]
The provisions of Chapter 183, Bicycles and Skateboards, §§ 183-1 through 183-15, shall not apply to any bicycle or other wheeled device operated by a member of the Latrobe Police Department, or its designee, when said bicycle or other wheeled vehicle is being operated by said individual within his scope of authority while functioning as a police officer, or a designee of a police officer, during his or her course of employment with the City of Latrobe.