[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 34-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pedalcycles: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3501 et seq.
Power to regulate: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(a)(8).
No person who resides within the City shall ride or use a bicycle upon any street or public place in the City unless the same shall be registered as provided in this chapter.
Every owner of a bicycle shall register the same with the Bureau of Police on a form furnished by the Bureau, which form shall include the name and address of the owner, the name of the manufacturer of the bicycle, its frame number or other identification number, if any, and its style and general description. The registration shall be completed within 72 hours of the purchase of any bicycle. If the owner of a bicycle is a minor under the age of 18 years, then a parent, guardian or person having custody of such minor, or with whom such minor resides, shall register such bicycle on behalf of the minor owner.
The Bureau of Police or any agency designated by the Bureau shall issue a registration card and a registration tag of corresponding number for each registration, which tag shall be suitable for attachment to the bicycle and which tag shall be attached to the bicycle by the officer or official issuing the registration tag. The registration tag shall remain attached to the bicycle to which it was issued during the period for which such registration shall be effective. It shall be the duty of the issuing officer or official to compare the serial number of the bicycle with that given on the application by the owner. The Bureau of Police shall keep a record of all registrations provided for herein. The Bureau or its designated agents may refuse to register any bicycles which are deemed to be in an unsafe mechanical condition.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
The fee for the issuance of a registration card and registration tag shall be $2 for each bicycle. The fee shall be paid to the City Treasurer at the time of registration. The fee for the issuance of a duplicate registration card and tag to the registered owner of any bicycle shall be $1.
It shall be the duty of the operator of any bicycle to display the owner's registration card, or produce satisfactory proof that the owner has such a registration card, upon the demand of any police officer or City official.
Any bicycle being ridden or used upon the streets or public places of the City or found within the City without a proper registration tag or with an altered or mutilated serial number shall be subject to immediate impoundment by the Bureau of Police if probable cause exists to believe that the bicycle is stolen or not in the possession of its owner or authorized user.
It shall be the duty of every person who sells or transfers ownership of any new or used bicycle to report such sale or transfer to the Bureau of Police within 48 hours of sale or transfer. If such person has previously registered such bicycle, he or she shall also return to the Bureau of Police the registration card and tag issued together with the name and address of the purchaser of such bicycle, who shall immediately apply for registration of the same in his or her name.
It shall be the duty of every person who dismantles, reduces to junk or takes out of operation any bicycle, whether or not the same is registered, to report the same to the Bureau of Police and furnish information concerning the same as may be required.
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully or maliciously to remove, destroy, mutilate, or alter any registration card or registration tag issued pursuant hereto during the period the same is effective.
In the case of loss or destruction of a registration card or registration tag, a duplicate registration card and tag shall be issued to the registered owner upon satisfactory proof of such loss or destruction.
Any bicycle being ridden or used upon the streets or public places of the City or found within the City without a registration tag or with an altered or mutilated serial number shall, prima facie, be considered as being not properly registered and may be immediately taken and impounded by the Bureau of Police until the person claiming ownership shall establish his or her right of ownership. The Bureau of Police shall require such bicycle to be registered properly before releasing the same to the owner.
The Bureau of Police shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the administration of this chapter within 30 days of enactment. Said rules and regulations shall establish hours and places for registration and shall address any other areas deemed necessary by the Bureau of Police for the effective enforcement of this chapter. All rules and regulations established pursuant hereto shall be approved by City Council.
No operator of any bicycle, when upon the streets of the City, shall carry any person(s) upon the handlebars or frame of any bicycle, and no person shall ride in such a manner upon any bicycle.
Every bicycle shall be equipped as required by 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3507.
Editor's Note: This section derives from Ord. No. 122-1964. Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall upon conviction thereof be fined not more than $50.