[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Stratford 4-12-1988 as Title 8, Ch. 2 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels, any two of which are not less than 14 inches in diameter.
- BICYCLE LANE
- That portion of a roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles and so designated by appropriate signs and markings by the responsible governing body.
- BICYCLE WAY
- Any path or sidewalk, or portion thereof, designated for the use of bicycles by the responsible governing body.
- BIKE ROUTE
- Any bicycle lane, bicycle way or highway which has been duly designated by the responsible governing body and identified by appropriate signs and markings.
- Any device attached to a bicycle designed for carrying articles.
- IDENTIFICATION TAG
- A metal plate or sticker indicating that a bicycle is registered.
- The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
No person shall operate a bicycle upon a highway unless equipped as required in § 347.489, Wis. Stats.
No person shall leave a bicycle at such a place or in such a way as to create a hazard to pedestrians, automobile operators or anyone else. Bicycles shall be parked either upon the roadway against the curb, in bicycle racks or, if on the sidewalk, in such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic and not in such a manner as to obstruct the ingress and egress to buildings used by the public. If there is no bicycle rack or other facility intended to be used for the parking of bicycles in the vicinity, the operator may park a bicycle on the sidewalk in an upright position parallel to and within 24 inches of the curb.
Manner of operation restricted. No bicycle shall be allowed to proceed in any street in the Village by inertia or momentum with the feet of the rider removed from the bicycle pedals. No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or practice any trick or fancy riding in any street in the Village, nor shall any bicycle rider carry or ride any other person so that two persons are on the bicycle at one time, unless a seat is provided for a second person.
Rules of the road. The provisions of Chs. 346 and 347, Wis. Stats., and applicable Village ordinances shall govern the operation of bicycles where appropriate.
Rules for turning.
The operator of a bicycle intending to turn to the right at an intersection shall approach the point of turning in the traffic lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the street and, in turning, shall keep as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway.
The operator of a bicycle intending to turn to the left of an intersection or into a private driveway shall make such turn from the traffic lane immediately to the right or next to the center of the street and pass immediately to the left of the center of the intersection, passing as closely as practicable to the left of the center of the intersection immediately to the right of the center of the intersection of the street.
At any intersection where traffic is controlled by a traffic control signal or by a traffic officer, it shall be unlawful for any such operator of such bicycle upon any street to disobey the instructions of any official traffic sign or signal placed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin and the ordinances of the Village.
Crosswalks shall be used when walking a bicycle through an intersection.
Emerging from alley or driveway. The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.
Bicycles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall cling or attach himself or his bicycle to any other moving vehicle upon a street or highway, nor shall the operator of any such bicycle tow or draw any coaster, wagon, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicles or any other similar vehicle on such highway.
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions or in excess of any posted speed limit.
Operation on sidewalks. No person shall operate or make use of a bicycle on sidewalks in the Village of Stratford.
No person shall ride or operate a skateboard or electric scooter upon any public street or sidewalk within a business district. "Business district" for the purposes of this section is defined as any area containing primarily commercially zoned uses which generate heavy pedestrian traffic during the business hours. Said business district shall have a minimum street frontage of 100 feet.
No person shall ride or operate a skateboard or electric scooter in the park shelters and performance stage or in any public area where such activity is prohibited by notice posted on appropriate signs.
No person may ride or operate a skateboard or electric scooter on the property of any person or business without the written permission of the property owner or the person in charge of the property.
Skateboarding on sidewalks is permitted except as otherwise prohibited in this section and otherwise regulated.
Any person 16 years of age or older who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a uniform traffic citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the Uniform State Traffic Deposit Schedule.
Any person 14 years of age through 15 years of age who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the deposit schedule and, upon conviction thereof, may be required to forfeit not more than $25 together with the cost of the prosecution, and in default of such payment the court may suspend the child's operating privileges, as defined in § 340.01, Wis. Stats., for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days.
Any person under 14 years of age who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a special bicycle violation warning notice along with the following additional actions:
First offense in one year: a warning letter sent to the parent or guardian requiring his or her signature and return of the warning notice to the Police Department.
Second offense in the same year: a warning letter mailed to the parent or guardian.
Third offense in the same year: a mandatory parent-child-police conference.
Fourth and subsequent offense in the same year: mandatory referral to Marathon County Juvenile Court.
Any parent or guardian of any child who authorizes or knowingly permits such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be subject to the provisions of §§ 346.77 and 346.82(1), Wis. Stats.