[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough Council of the Borough of Oakmont as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 195.
[Adopted 1-13-1969 as Ch. 80, Art. XII, of the 1969 Code; amended in its entirety 4-12-1976 by Ord. No. 015-76]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A vehicle with two wheels, one in front of the other, and having a saddle-like seat for the rider. It is steered by turning a handlebar and is driven by pedals.
- A velocipede with three wheels, usually one in front and one on each side behind, propelled by pedals or hand levers.
Application for the registration of a bicycle shall be made annually in the office of the Chief of Police upon forms furnished by the Chief of Police. The application shall contain the full name and address of the owner, the names and address of the parents where the applicant is a minor, the serial or identifying number on said bicycle and such other statement of facts as shall be determined by the Chief of Police. In the case of a minor, the application shall be signed by the parent of such minor.
No bicycle shall be operated upon any street or sidewalk in the Borough of Oakmont until such bicycle shall have been properly registered in the office of the Chief of Police of the Borough of Oakmont and until the registration plate or tag issued for such bicycle for the current year is received and displayed as required by this article.
The Chief of Police, upon registering a bicycle, shall issue to the owner a registration plate or tag which shall contain the registration number assigned to said bicycle, the year for which said registration plate or tag is issued and such other information as may be determined by the Chief of Police.
No person shall operate a bicycle unless such bicycle has been registered and carries thereon the registration plate or tag issued as aforesaid.
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a horn or other suitable warning device that may be distinctly heard at a distance of 20 yards.
Every bicycle shall be equipped at night with a properly functioning headlight and taillight or red reflector, visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least 300 feet.
Bicycle riders shall at all times observe and obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
No bicyclist shall carry upon his bicycle any child or other persons, unless a proper seat or carrying device is provided. Riding on the bars or frame of a bicycle is strictly prohibited, nor shall the operator of a bicycle permit any person to so ride upon such bicycle.
No bicycle shall be allowed to proceed into the street or sidewalk by inertia or momentum with the feet of the rider removed from the pedals.
Bicyclists shall keep both hands on the handlebars. It shall be unlawful for any person riding on a bicycle to ride in a weaving fashion, to ride from side to side on any street or sidewalk or to practice any fancy tricks or zigzag riding.
Riding on sidewalks.
The remaining sidewalks in the borough may be used by tricycles and bicycles, provided that the rider proceeds with caution and yields the right-of-way to pedestrians at all times.
Riders of bicycles, when dismounted, may lead their bicycles along the sidewalks in single file, except on crowded or congested sidewalks; and bicycles may be allowed to stand on the sidewalks, provided that they cause no obstruction.
No rider of a bicycle shall throw or lean a bicycle in any gutter or against the curb of any street or sidewalk in the borough in such a manner as to interfere with vehicles driving up to or standing at a curb.
Bicyclists shall ride at the extreme right side of the street or sidewalk, with traffic. It shall be unlawful to ride on the left side of the street or sidewalk facing traffic.
Bicyclists shall ride in single file. It shall be unlawful to ride two or more abreast.
No bicyclist shall carry any package on a bicycle except in a basket or other carrying device attached securely to the bicycle in such a manner as not to interfere with the steering or pedaling of such bicycle or the vision of the bicyclist.
Bicyclists shall use arm signals when turning and shall dismount and walk across crowded or busy intersections.
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before the District Justice, surrender the registration plate issued as aforesaid and suffer the suspension of the privilege to operate said bicycle for a period not exceeding 30 days or, at the discretion of the District Justice, be sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution and to forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding $600, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days.
[Adopted 6-9-1997 by Ord. No. 019-97]
No person shall ride a pedalcycle, skateboard, coaster, skate, sled, roller blade or similar device upon any sidewalk in such a manner as to endanger the safety or property of any person.
Notwithstanding Subsection A, no person shall ride a pedalcycle, skateboard, coaster, skate, sled, roller blade or similar device upon any sidewalk in the business district section of Allegheny River Boulevard, from Hulton Road to Plum Street, and Allegheny Avenue, from Hulton Road to College Avenue, and Hulton Road, from Allegheny River Boulevard to the Hulton Bridge.
No person shall ride a pedalcycle, skateboard, coaster, skate, sled, roller blade or similar device upon the Arboretum Trail from Hulton Road to College Avenue, or the ramps to Allegheny River Boulevard.
No person shall ride a pedalcycle, skateboard, coaster, skate, sled, roller blade or similar device upon any school playground or property within the Borough of Oakmont and owned by the Riverview School District. All such playgrounds and property must be clearly posted with signage prohibiting such acts and a letter on file at the Oakmont Police Department from the Superintendent of Schools requesting enforcement.
No person shall ride a skateboard, coaster, skate, sled, roller blade or similar device upon any street in such a manner as to endanger the safety or property of any person.
Any person violating this article shall, upon conviction, be sentenced as follows:
A written warning shall be issued upon the first offense.
For the second and subsequent offenses, any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.
Confiscation of pedalcycles, skateboards, coasters, skates, sleds, roller blades, etc. Any person violating this article for the fifth offense shall be considered an habitual offender, and the arresting police officer shall take possession of the skateboard, coaster, skates, roller blades, sled, etc., and the same shall be forfeited to the Borough of Oakmont and destroyed.