Town of East Hampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of East Hampton 5-2-1997 by L.L. No. 16-1997; amended in its entirety 4-17-1998 by L.L. No. 16-1998. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
All-terrain vehicles — See Ch. 237.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 240.

§ 95-1 Definitions.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPROVED HELMET
A helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standards) or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling.
BICYCLE
Every two- or three-wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power.
DOWNTOWN AREA OF AMAGANSETT
Main Street Amagansett, between Indian Well Plain Highway and Atlantic Avenue.
DOWNTOWN AREA OF MONTAUK
South Erie Avenue, South Euclid Avenue, The Montauk State Parkway between South Eton Street and South Essex Street, The Plaza, South Etna Avenue between The Plaza and South Essex Street, South Elmwood Avenue, South Emerson Avenue, South Edgewater Avenue, South Eton Street, South Eagle Street, South Elder Street, South Emery Street, South Embassy Street, South Edgemere Street between South Edgewater Avenue and South Erie Avenue, South Edison Street, South Essex Street between South Edgewater Avenue and South Erie Avenue.
HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
IN-LINE SKATE
A device consisting of an upper portion that is secured to a human foot, with a frame or chassis attached along the length of the bottom of such upper portion, with such frame or chassis holding two or more wheels that are longitudinally aligned and used to skate or glide by means of human foot and leg power while having such device attached to each such foot or leg.
OPERATE
To ride a bicycle or to skate or glide on in-line skates, roller skates or a skateboard or to steer and/or propel through human power a surrey.
ROLLER SKATE
A manufactured or assembled device consisting of a frame or shoe having clamps or straps or both for fastening, with a pair of small wheels near the toe and another pair at the heel mounted or permanently attached thereto, for skating or gliding by means of human foot and leg power.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians.
SKATEBOARD
A manufactured or assembled device consisting of a board or plank with two pairs of wheels mounted or permanently attached thereto, for skating or gliding by means of human foot and leg power.
SURREY
A multiwheeled pleasure carrier propelled by human power, typically having four wheels and two or more bench seats, upon which a person or persons may ride; provided, however, that said definition does not apply to toys measuring approximately 48 inches or less in height designed for young children.
WEARING AN APPROVED HELMET
Having an approved helmet of good fit fastened securely upon the head with the helmet straps.
B. 
In addition to the above definitions, any definitions of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed to be included herein.

§ 95-2 Surreys prohibited.

No person shall use or operate a surrey on publicly owned sidewalks, road shoulders, roadways and streets within the Town. No person shall offer for rental a surrey for use or operation on publicly owned sidewalks, road shoulders, roadways and streets within the Town.

§ 95-3 Rules and regulations.

A. 
Riding on right. All bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates and skateboards shall be operated near to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or usable right-hand shoulder, in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue near the right-hand curb or edge.
B. 
Riding single file. Every person operating in-line skates, roller skates or a skateboard on a highway shall ride in single file, and at no time shall in-line skates, roller skates or skateboards be operated two or more abreast. Persons riding bicycles on a highway shall not ride more than two abreast. Persons riding bicycles on a highway shall ride single file when being overtaken by a vehicle.
C. 
Attachment to other vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person operating a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates or skateboard to cling or attach himself to any other moving vehicle.
D. 
Sidewalks.
(1) 
Restricted. No person shall operate a bicycle or skateboard on any sidewalk within the downtown areas of Amagansett and Montauk.
(2) 
Right-of-way. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk not within the downtown areas of Amagansett and Montauk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
E. 
Tennis courts. No person shall operate a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates or a skateboard upon any tennis court owned by the Town of East Hampton.
F. 
Helmets. No person less than 14 years of age shall operate a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates or skateboard unless such person is wearing an approved helmet.
G. 
Underage passengers.
(1) 
Infants. No person operating a bicycle shall allow a person who is under one year of age to ride as a passenger on a bicycle, nor shall such person be carried in a pack fastened to the operator.
(2) 
Under five years. No person operating a bicycle shall allow a person one or more years of age and less than five years of age to ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless such passenger is wearing an approved helmet. Such passenger shall be placed in a separate seat attached to the bicycle, and such seat shall have adequate provision for retaining the passenger in place and for protecting the passenger from the moving parts of the bicycle.
(3) 
Under 14 years. No person operating a bicycle shall allow a person five or more years of age and less than 14 years of age to ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless such passenger is wearing an approved helmet.
H. 
Headphones. It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates or skateboard while the operator is wearing more than one earphone attached to a radio, tape player or other audio device.

§ 95-4 Enforcement.

A. 
Generally. This local law shall be enforced by the East Hampton Town Police, the Town Ordinance Enforcement Officers and the Town Traffic Control Officers.
[Amended 9-6-2012 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
B. 
Underage. A summons for a violation of § 95-2F or 92-3G of this chapter by a person less than 14 years of age shall only be issued to the parent or guardian of such person if the violation by such person occurs in the presence of the person's parent or guardian. Such summons shall only be issued to such parent or guardian and shall not be issued to the person less than 14 years of age.

§ 95-5 Penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the following fines:
A. 
For a first offense, a fine of not more than $25.
B. 
For a second offense, a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $50.
C. 
For a third or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $100.

§ 95-6 Severability.

Should any section or provision of this chapter be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or invalid, such determination shall not effect the validity of this chapter as a whole, nor any other section or provision hereof other than that section or provision determined to be invalid.