City of Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta as Ch. 5 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 215.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 270.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 244]
A. 
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
BICYCLE
Includes a vehicle having a minimum of two wheels, neither of which is less than 20 inches in diameter, with solid or pneumatic tires, having a steering bar, handle or wheel and propelled by human power.
LICENSEE
Any person who procures from the City a license plate or tag and a registration card for any bicycle.
OPERATE
Includes any form or tense thereof and shall mean and refer to the use, putting into action or motion, or causing to function of a bicycle by any person mounted thereon.
POLICE CHIEF
The Police Chief of the City of Augusta or his designee unless otherwise specified.
RESIDENT
A resident of the City of Augusta, Maine.
B. 
In addition to the above definitions, any applicable definition contained in the traffic ordinances or elsewhere in this Code shall be deemed applicable and included.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 270, Vehicles and Traffic.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 244]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any resident to operate any bicycle upon any street, sidewalk, public way or in any other public place or place where the public is afforded access on a regular basis without having first registered such bicycle and displaying a license plate or tag as required.
B. 
Application for registration and license for a bicycle shall be made on forms provided by the Police Department.
C. 
The Police Chief may establish a fee necessary to cover the cost of such licensing. Any such fee shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Council.
D. 
The Police Chief shall, upon receiving an application, issue to the owner of any bicycle a registration form which contains the name and address of the owner of the bicycle, a complete description of the bicycle, including the serial number thereof, and any other information deemed necessary. The Police Chief shall also issue a license plate or tag that indicates the license number and date of expiration for such license. This license plate or tag shall be attached to, and displayed from, the front of the bicycle immediately below the steering handle.
E. 
All licenses issued shall be for an indefinite term.
F. 
No license so issued shall be transferable. In the event that any such bicycle is sold, lost or stolen, the owner shall immediately notify the Police Chief.
G. 
The Police Chief shall maintain a record of all bicycle licenses and registrations for the City.
A. 
When two or more persons are riding in a group on a roadway, they shall ride single file and as far to the right as is practicable.
B. 
No person shall, while operating a bicycle, cling to or attach himself or the bicycle to any other moving vehicle.
C. 
No person operating any bicycle shall ride other than astride a regular and permanent seat attached thereto. No person shall ride or carry another person on the handlebars of a bicycle or in such a manner as to affect the safe and proper operation of the bicycle. This section shall not be construed as prohibiting the use of an infant seat or child carrier, so-called, as long as the same is securely attached to the bicycle, its use does not affect the safe operation of the bicycle and there is an adequate restraint system, for the child, in use.
D. 
No person shall operate a bicycle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
E. 
No bicycle shall be operated within the period from sunset to sunrise unless the bicycle shall have a lighted headlight attached to the front of the bicycle and visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of not less than 200 feet; and a red reflector or taillight clearly visible to the rear of said bicycle for a distance of 200 feet. In addition, any bicycle manufactured and originally equipped with pedal reflectors or wheel reflectors shall be required to maintain such reflectors.
F. 
No person shall operate any bicycle that is not in such mechanical condition so as to be operated safely.
G. 
No person shall operate any bicycle on any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway so as to interfere with any pedestrian thereon.
H. 
No person shall operate any bicycle in other than a reasonable and prudent manner. The operator shall be required to have his hands on the handlebars when said bicycle is operated. No bicycle shall be operated at an unsafe speed. When operated on a public way, no person shall permit his bicycle to weave in and out of traffic lanes, except that he may move across lanes to engage in allowed turning movements when such movements can be accomplished with a reasonable degree of safety.
I. 
When on a roadway, the operator of any bicycle shall conform to all traffic laws, ordinances and regulations.
J. 
All bicycles shall be equipped with brakes capable of stopping said bicycle within a reasonable distance.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 244]
A. 
Inspections. Any officer of the Police Department is hereby authorized to inspect any bicycle, at any time, for the purpose of making a check of the license plate and number, serial number, and for the purpose of determining the mechanical condition of the bicycle.
B. 
Removal or alteration of plate, tag or registration card. It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly and willfully to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the serial number of any bicycle; or to remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the license plate, tag or registration card during the time such license or registration is in effect.
C. 
Unauthorized use of bicycle. It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate any bicycle within the City without the consent of the owner.
D. 
Receipt of bicycles from which serial number removed. It shall be unlawful for any person residing in the City, or any dealer in bicycles operating within the City, to purchase, receive in trade or otherwise acquire any bicycle from which the serial number on the frame has been removed, destroyed, mutilated or altered, without first reporting the same to the Police Chief.
E. 
Identification numbers. The Police Chief is hereby authorized to stamp or otherwise permanently affix to the frame of any bicycle, in a legible manner, numbers for the purpose of identification, if such bicycle displays no serial number or if the serial number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes.
A. 
Enforcement. The Police Chief shall enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Penalties. Any person of the age of 17 years or over who violates any provisions of this chapter shall, upon adjudication, be punished by a fine of not more than $10. The Police Chief, when satisfied that a juvenile under the age of 17 years has violated any of the provisions of this chapter, may impound the bicycle for a period not to exceed five days for the first offense, for a period not to exceed 10 days for a second offense and for a period not to exceed 30 days for any subsequent offense.