Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Motorbikes — See Ch. 153.
Parks and playgrounds — 170.
[Adopted 6-21-1971 by Ord. No. 17-1971; amended 7-17-1978 by Ord. No. 7823]

§ 75-1 Definitions.

As used in and for the purpose of this article, certain words and phrases shall have the meanings herein indicated:
RESIDENT
Anyone residing in the City of Ventnor City for one or more days or carrying on the business of renting bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycle within the City.

§ 75-2 Registrations and inspections.

[Amended 10-18-1971 by Ord. No. 34-1971; 6-19-1972 by Ord. No. 14-1972; 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904]
A. 
All bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycles owned by residents of the City of Ventnor City and operated on the highways and Boardwalk of the City shall be inspected by and registered with the Department of Public Safety. Registration shall take place at the same time the bicycle is inspected, which inspection shall take place at the Ventnor City fire house on Winchester Avenue in the City of Ventnor City, New Jersey, on Fridays at the prescribed times as designated by the Commissioner of Public Safety. Such initial registration and inspection will be considered permanent to the effect that only in the event of a change in ownership shall a new registration and inspection be required.
B. 
Registration certificates shall be maintained on file with the Police Department. Upon registering and inspecting the bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle, a registration decal and inspection sticker to be placed on the bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle will be issued by the inspecting personnel, shall show the date of registration and inspection only and shall be maintained on the bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle at all times.

§ 75-3 Audible signaling devices.

No person shall operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle any siren or whistle.

§ 75-4 Lights and reflectors.

No person shall operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle at nighttime unless it is equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp on the rear which shall emit a red light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear. In addition to the red lamp, a red reflector may be mounted on the rear which shall be visible from all distances from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

§ 75-5 Brake requirements.

No person shall operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the brake wheel skid on dry, level and clean pavement.

§ 75-6 Riding restrictions.

A person propelling or riding on a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor shall he/she ride with his/her feet removed from the pedals or with both hands removed from the handlebars. No bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

§ 75-7 Attaching to other vehicle prohibited.

No person riding upon any bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle shall attach the same or himself/herself to any vehicle upon a roadway, and no operator of any such vehicle shall knowingly allow any person riding upon any bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle to attach the same or himself/herself to any such vehicle.

§ 75-8 Caution and circumspection required.

It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle on any public highway, the Boardwalk or the approaches thereto or on any other public right-of-way or public grounds in a careless manner or without due caution and circumspection or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.

§ 75-9 Time and place restrictions.

[Amended 5-13-1974 by Ord. No. 7-1974]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult bicycle upon the Boardwalk or the approaches thereto, except in the designated bicycle path. The aforementioned vehicles shall be permitted to operate in the designated bicycle path during daylight hours, except from July 1 to Labor Day on Saturday and Sunday such vehicles shall only be permitted to operate from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 5-1-1984 by Ord. No. 8406; 7-20-1989 by Ord. No. 8914; 1-16-1992 by Ord. No. 9201; 6-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2004; 9-18-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-16]
B. 
It shall be lawful to operate a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle upon any sidewalk.

§ 75-10 Rights and duties of driver.

Every person operating a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to a driver of a vehicle pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-1 et seq., except as to those provisions thereof which by their nature can have no application. Regulations applicable to bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycles shall apply whenever a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle is operated upon the highway, Boardwalk or the approaches thereto.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Section 12, which immediately followed this section and dealt with the statutory rights and duties of persons on bicycles, was deleted 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904.

§ 75-11 Operation on roadways and paths.

Every person operating a bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or a vehicle proceeding in the same direction. Persons riding bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycles upon a roadway shall ride in single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycles. Whenever a usable path for the bicycles, unicycles or adult tricycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

§ 75-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-18-1971 by Ord. No. 34-1971]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $25 and/or by confiscation of the bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle as follows:
A. 
For the first offense: up to 10 days.
B. 
For the second offense: up to 20 days.
C. 
For the third and subsequent offenses: up to 30 days.
D. 
In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Added 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903]

§ 75-13 Fee.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904]
The total fee for registering and inspecting bicycles will be $0.50 per bicycle, unicycle or adult tricycle per year. The money collected by the City for registrations shall be placed in a special fund which will be used to cover the expenses of the program.
[Adopted 8-4-1980 by Ord. No. 8018]

§ 75-14 Roller-skating in designated areas only; skateboarding prohibited.

A. 
It shall be lawful for any person to be upon roller skates upon the Boardwalk or the approaches thereto in the City of Ventnor City as long as said such person or persons wearing said skates are in the designated bicycle path area. They shall be permitted to operate in the designated bicycle path area only during the hours specified under § 75-9A of this Code.
[Amended 1-16-1992 by Ord. No. 9201]
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use in any manner a skateboard on the Boardwalk, the Boardwalk ramps or on any City-owned park located on the beach blocks or at the beach front in Ventnor City.
[Amended 6-10-1999 by Ord. No. 9912]