[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 6-17-1975 by Ord. No. 2-1975 (Ch. 37 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 305.
Responsibility of parent or guardian. The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.
Applicability. These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated herein.
No person who resides within the City shall ride or propel a bicycle on any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles unless such bicycle has been registered and a registration plate is attached thereto as provided herein.
Application for a bicycle registration certificate and registration sticker shall be made upon a form provided by the City and shall be made to the Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative. A fee as established by the Common Council shall be paid to the City before each registration or renewal thereof is granted. Registration certificates will be issued in periods of two years' duration, and the fee charged for same will remain as established by the Common Council at any time during that two-year period.
Authority; duration. The Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative, upon receiving proper application therefor, is authorized to issue a bicycle registration which shall be effective until the expiration date as per the existing license. The renewal date for bicycle registration will be established as two years from the date of the granting of the license.
[Amended 4-20-1976 by Ord. No. 3-1976]
Refusal. The Chief of Police shall not issue a license for any bicycle when he knows or has reasonable ground to believe that the applicant is not the owner of or entitled to the possession of such bicycle.
Records. The Chief of Police shall keep a record of the number of each registration, the date issued, the name and address of the person to whom issued and the number on the frame of the bicycle for which issued, and a record of all bicycle registration fees collected by him.
Upon the expiration of any bicycle registration, the same may be renewed upon application and payment of the same fee as upon an original application.
Issuance; contents. The Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative, upon issuing a bicycle registration, shall also issue a registration tag or sticker bearing the license number assigned to the bicycle, the name of the City and the calendar years for which issued.
Attachment. The Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative shall cause such registration tag or sticker to be firmly attached to the seat post on the frame of the bicycle for which issued in such position as to be plainly visible.
[Amended 4-20-1976 by Ord. No. 3-1976]
The Chief of Police, or an officer assigned such responsibility, shall inspect each bicycle before registration of the same and shall refuse a registration for any bicycle which he determines is in unsafe mechanical condition.
[Amended 4-20-1976 by Ord. No. 3-1976]
Upon the sale or other transfer of a registered bicycle, the owner shall remove the license tag or sticker and shall surrender the same to the Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative.
A bicycle rental agency shall not rent or offer any bicycle for rent unless the bicycle is registered and a license registration is attached thereto as provided herein and such bicycle is equipped with the lamps and other equipment required in this chapter.
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1 or by removal and detention of the license plate from such person's bicycle for a period not to exceed 30 days or by the impounding of such person's bicycle for a period not to exceed 30 days or by any combination thereof; provided, however, that the penalty for violation of the requirements of §§ 78-8 and 78-9 shall be imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or a fine not exceeding $250, or both such fine and imprisonment.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of the City applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.
Generally. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
Turns. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
All bicycles shall be equipped as provided in § 1236 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and all operators and passengers on bicycles shall have protective headgear as required by § 1238 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Generally. Every person 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.
Riding abreast. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
Bicycle paths. Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
Generally. No person shall ride, drive or operate a bicycle along any public sidewalk or footpath intended for the use of pedestrians. This provision shall not apply to children 10 years of age or under nor to invalids or cripples who cannot walk.
Signs. The Chief of Police or Traffic Engineer shall be authorized to erect signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person, and when such signs are in place no person shall disobey the same.
Duty as to pedestrians. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
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 approaching on said sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.
No person riding upon any bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon 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.