[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Watertown as Ch. 66 of the 1949 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 293.
The violation by any person of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a traffic infraction.
The provisions of Chapter 293, Vehicles and Traffic, and the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law shall apply to every person riding or operating a bicycle upon a roadway within the City, except such provisions as by definition or by their very nature have no application and except provisions concerning matters which have been otherwise specifically covered in this chapter.
Editor's Note: Former §§ 91-4 through 91-14, regarding bicycle licenses, dealers and manner of riding, as amended, were repealed 12-5-2005.
Every person riding or operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
No person riding or operating bicycles upon any roadway shall ride more than two abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
No person shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any sidewalk.
No person shall ride or operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
No person riding or operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider or operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebar.
Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, persons riding or operating bicycles shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
The following paths shall not be considered sidewalks but are multipurpose recreation trails, which may be used for bicycle riding:
No person shall park or leave standing a bicycle upon a street other than upon the edge of the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at a curb in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic and motor vehicle traffic.
No person shall ride or operate any bicycle upon any street during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, unless such bicycle shall display a lighted lamp on the front which shall project either white or yellow light visible from a point 500 feet ahead of such bicycle, nor unless such bicycle is equipped upon front and rear with a red reflector which shall be visible at least 200 feet when opposed by a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlights at night on a lighted highway.
No person shall ride or operate a bicycle 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, any siren or whistle.
No person shall ride or operate any bicycle unless the same is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on a dry, level, clean pavement.
[Amended 12-1-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986]
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished as set forth in § 1800 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law or by removal and detention of the license plate from such person's bicycle for a period not to exceed one year or by impounding of such person's bicycle for a period not to exceed 90 days, or by any combination thereof.