Jefferson County, MO
 
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[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.010]
These regulations apply to bicyclists, motorized bicycle and scooter operators, roller bladers, roller skaters and skateboarders when such devices are operated upon any highway, roadway or alleyway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of such devices subject to those exceptions stated by this code. For purposes of this Chapter, a "scooter" shall be defined as a device that typically has one (1) front and one (1) rear wheel with a low footboard between, is steered by a handlebar and is propelled either by pushing one (1) foot against the ground while resting the other foot on the footboard or by a motor. A scooter may have more than two (2) wheels.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.020]
Every person operating a bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard upon a highway, roadway or alleyway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this State declaring rules of the road applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this Chapter and except as to those provisions of law and ordinance which by their nature can have no application.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.030]
A. 
Any person operating a bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a Law Enforcement Officer.
B. 
Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle, motorized bicycle or scooter shall disobey the direction of any such sign. Where such person dismounts from such devices to make any such turn, the person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.040]
A. 
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride on a seat other than a permanent and regularly attached seat.
B. 
No bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter or skateboard shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.050]
A. 
Every person operating a bicycle, motorized bicycle or scooter upon a highway, roadway or alleyway shall ride as near to the right side of the highway, roadway or alleyway as practicable and shall exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
B. 
Persons riding bicycles, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or skateboards upon a road shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except when riding on paths or part of roads set aside for the exclusive use of such devices.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.060]
No person shall operate a bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions nor shall such operator exceed the legal speed limit for the roadway while riding upon the roadway.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.070]
The operator of a bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard emerging from an alleyway, private roadway, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area. Upon entering the highway or roadway, the operator shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway or roadway.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.080]
No person operating a bicycle, motorized bicycle or scooter shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.090]
No person shall park a bicycle, motorized bicycle or scooter upon a highway, roadway or sidewalk in such a manner as to obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.100]
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Every bicycle and motorized bicycle when in use on a street or highway during the period from one-half (½) hour after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise shall be equipped with the following:
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A front-facing lamp on the front or carried by the rider which shall emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at five hundred (500) feet;
2. 
A rear-facing red reflector, at least two (2) square inches in reflective surface area, or a rear-facing red lamp on the rear which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lower beams of vehicle headlights at six hundred (600) feet;
3. 
Reflective material and/or lights on any part of the bicyclist's pedals, crank arms, shoes or lower leg visible from the front and the rear at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at two hundred (200) feet; and
4. 
Reflective material and/or lights visible on each side of the bicycle or bicyclist and visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at three hundred (300) feet. The provisions of this Subdivision shall not apply to motorized bicycles which comply with National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration regulations relating to reflectors on motorized bicycles.
B. 
Every bicycle, motorized bicycle and scooter shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle or motorized bicycle within twenty-five (25) feet from a speed of ten (10) miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.105]
It shall be unlawful for a parent or guardian to permit a child under the age of seventeen (17) years to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle, motorized bicycle, scooter, roller skates, roller blades or a skateboard unless the child shall wear protective headgear which properly fits and is fastened securely upon the head of the operator or passenger. The headgear shall meet or exceed the impact standard for protective bicycle helmets set by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Snell Memorial Foundation or the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.106]
No person upon roller skates, roller blades or a skateboard shall go upon any road except while crossing the road. When so crossing, such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to all other pedestrians.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §108.110]
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this Chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). Provided however, that any parent or guardian found to be in violation of Section 330.110 may be issued an equipment violation notice as prescribed on a Missouri Uniform Complaint and Summons, which violation may be dismissed if the parent or guardian brings an approved helmet to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department within twenty-five (25) working days of the receipt of the violation and receives compliance verification as set forth on the back of the Missouri Uniform Complaint and Summons.