[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Johnson Creek 8-27-2012 by Ord. No. 06-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 221.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 103, Bicycles, adopted 12-1-1994 by Ord. No. 12-94 as Ch. 39 of the 1994 Code, as amended.
Terms used in this chapter mean as follows:
- Every device propelled by hands or feet acting upon pedals or cranks having wheels, any two of which are 20 inches or greater in diameter.
- The lateral boundaries of that portion of a street designed for the use of vehicles, whether marked by a curb or not.
- Every person who drives or is in the actual physical control of a vehicle.
- ELECTRIC MOTOR SCOOTER
- Every device propelled by an electric battery, which is designed and intended to convey one person, having wheels of any diameter.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Every vehicle which is self-propelled.
- Any person afoot.
- Any device constructed of metal and/or glass which will be visible from all distances within 50 feet to 500 feet directly in front of a motor vehicle at night displaying lawfully lighted headlights, such device to be so constructed as to show a red color when struck by motor vehicle lights as above stated, such device to be affixed to the rear of the bicycle at any point on the frame or mudguard at a height between the axis of the wheel and the bottom of the rider's seat.
- REGISTRATION TAG
- A plate or sticker indicating that a bicycle or electric motor scooter is registered.
- That portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by pedestrians.
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
- Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
No person who resides within the Village of Johnson Creek shall ride or propel a bicycle or electric motor scooter on any street or any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or electric motor scooters unless such bicycle or electric motor scooter has been registered and a registration tag is attached thereto as provided herein.
At the time of the issuance of any such registration tag as herein provided, the applicant shall pay a registration fee as provided in Chapter 33, Fees. Registration tags issued in accordance with this section shall be attached to the bicycle or electric motor scooter immediately upon issuance.
This section shall apply to all residents of the Village of Johnson Creek and to such nonresidents who operate bicycles or electric motor scooters within the Village of Johnson Creek habitually or frequently. It shall not apply to casual travelers or tourists passing through the Village of Johnson Creek on their bicycles or electric motor scooters.
All bicycles or electric motor scooters must be registered within 10 days of purchase.
The licensing authority, or any officer assigned such responsibility, shall inspect each bicycle or electric motor scooter before registering the same and shall refuse registration for any bicycle or electric motor scooter which they determine to be in unsafe mechanical condition.
Application for a bicycle or electric motor scooter registration tag shall be made upon a form provided by the Village of Johnson Creek and shall be made to the office of the Clerk-Treasurer.
Within 10 days after any registered bicycle or electric motor scooter has changed ownership or been dismantled and taken out of service or operation, the person in whose name the bicycle or electric motor scooter has been registered shall report such information to the office of the Clerk-Treasurer.
The licensing authority or other designated authority, upon receiving proper application therefor, is authorized to issue a bicycle or electric motor scooter registration which shall be valid for the duration of the ownership.
The licensing authority shall not issue a registration for any bicycle or electric motor scooter when they know or have reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant is not the owner of or entitled to the possession of such bicycle or electric motor scooter.
The licensing authority shall keep a record of the number of each registration, the date issued, the name and address of the person to whom issued, the number of the frame of the bicycle or electric motor scooter for which issued and a record of all bicycle or electric motor scooter registration fees collected. Registration forms and registration tags shall be serial numbered to coincide with each other.
If a bicycle or electric motor scooter does not have a serial number and if proof of ownership can be shown, the Clerk-Treasurer shall assign one to such bicycle or electric motor scooter.
The licensing authority, upon issuing a bicycle or electric motor scooter registration, shall also issue a registration tag bearing the registration number assigned to the bicycle or electric motor scooter.
A registration sticker shall be placed on the vertical bar below the seat (seat support) on a bicycle or handle of any electric motor scooter in such a position to be plainly visible.
No person shall remove a registration tag from a bicycle or electric motor scooter during the period for which issued except upon transfer of ownership or in the event the bicycle or electric motor scooter is dismantled and no longer in operation in the Village.
No person shall alter or counterfeit any registration tag issued in conformity with this chapter.
Traffic ordinances apply to persons operating bicycles or electric motor scooters. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be 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 vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of this Village applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to the special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.
Riding on sidewalks. Bicyclists or electric motor scooter operators who yield to pedestrians and exercise due care may drive and operate their bicycles or electric motor scooters upon the sidewalk except in those areas zoned Central Business.
Riding on roadways. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable.
Persons driving bicycles upon a roadway shall ride single file, if possible.
No person riding upon any coaster, roller skates, roller blades, sled, toboggan or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway or go upon any roadway except while crossing a roadway at a crosswalk.
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
No bicycle or electric motor scooter shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
No person driving a bicycle upon a public highway or street shall participate in any race, speed or endurance contest unless such race or endurance contest has the written permission of the Village Board or Police Department.
No person riding or operating a bicycle shall perform or attempt to perform any acrobatic, fancy, or stunt riding upon any public street.
Stopping, turning and signaling. No bicycle driver shall suddenly stop, slow down, or turn without giving an arm signal required by state law for the operation of motor vehicles.
Every bicycle or electric motor scooter, when operated during any of the time between sunset and sunrise, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear so mounted and maintained as to be visible from all distances from 50 to 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlights of a motor vehicle.
Every bicycle upon any roadway shall be equipped with a brake adequate to stop said bicycle whenever necessary and to control the movement.
Every bicycle that is equipped with hand-bar grips must have said grips securely glued or cemented to the handle bars.
It is unlawful for any person to perform any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this chapter.
The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.
The regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway.
Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture as provided in Chapter 60, Penalties.