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Chapter 5

BICYCLES AND MOTOR SCOOTERS

*Cross reference-Traffic, Ch. 24.

   
Art.   I. In General, § 5-1--5-15
Art.  II. Operational Rules and Regulations, §§ 5-16--5-23
   

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Sec. 5-1.  Enforcement. 

 

The chief of police shall administer the provisions of this chapter. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-5

 

ARTICLE II.  BICYCLES

Sec. 5-2.  Registration.

 

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a bicycle propelled by muscular power upon any of the streets, alleys or public highways of the city, without first registering the same with the clerk.  The clerk shall, upon written application, register a bicycle for two (2) calendar years.  All registrations shall cease on the thirtieth day of April of each even numbered year after their entry, and registration shall entitle the registrant to operate the bicycle for which the same is issued as provided by law.

 

(b)   The fee for such registration is set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code. The fee for replacement of lost or destroyed registrations is set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code. All such registration fees shall be paid into the treasury.

 

(c)   The chief of police is hereby empowered to suspend or revoke any registration issued under the provisions of this chapter for any violation hereof. 

 

Source: Code 1962, §§ 10-16-1, 10-16-2, 10-16-4, 10-16-5; Ord. No. 2864, § 1, 4-7-80; Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04; Ord. No. 5135, § 4, 9-7-10

State law reference-Authority to require bicycle registration, R.R.S. 1943, 39-690(4).

 

Sec. 5-3.  License.

 

The clerk shall provide licenses, having registered numbers thereon in numerical order beginning with number one, and indicating the year for which the same is issued and the words "Norfolk Bicycle License".  Said license shall be affixed to the frame or fender of each bicycle.  The clerk shall maintain a record of the date of issue of each registration, to whom made, the number thereon, the make, kind and serial number of the bicycle. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-3; Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04

 

Sec. 5-4.  Mutilation of serial number or registration number.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or malicious­ly remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the manufacturer's seri­al number or any bicycle registration pursuant to the pro­visions of this chapter. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(L)

 

Sec. 5-5.  Parental responsibilities.

 

The parent or guardian of any child, who is less than six­teen (16) years old, shall not knowingly permit any such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-687.

 

Sec. 5-6.  Violations.

 

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or who shall fail, neglect or refuse to perform any duty imposed upon him by this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an offense, and upon conviction thereof, may in lieu of the penalty provided by this Code for such violation, be adjudged and ordered to surrender the registration and li­cense for his bicycle to the chief of police for a period not to exceed six (6) months, or may be ordered to surrender his bicycle for impounding for a period of not to exceed six (6) months. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6 (N), (O); Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04

 

Secs. 5-7--5-15.  Reserved.

 

*State law reference-Authority to regulate operation of bicycles, R.R.S. 1943, 39-690(4).

 

Sec. 5-16.  Compliance.

 

It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle upon the streets of the city except in compliance with the provisions of this article. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6

 

Sec. 5-17.  Compliance with traffic laws.

 

All bicycle riders shall adhere to all laws regulating the move­ment of traffic on the streets, alleys or public ways so far as applicable. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(M)

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-686.

 

Sec. 5-18.  Equipment.

 

(a)   Any bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a light on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front on a clear night and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible on a clear night from all distances between one hundred (100) feet and six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.  A light emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in addition to such red reflector.

 

(b)   Any bicycle used on a highway shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(C)

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-691.

 

Sec. 5-19.  Manner of riding; carrying passengers, etc.

 

(a)   Any person who rides a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

 

(b)   Any person who rides a bicycle shall not remove his feet from the pedals and shall have at least one hand on the handle­bars at all times.

 

(c)   Any person who operates a bicycle shall not carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents such operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.

 

(d)   No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it shall be designed and equipped. 

 

Source: Code 1962, §§ 10-16-6(F), (G), (J)

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-688.

 

Sec. 5-20.  Riding on roadways and paths.

 

(a)   Any person who operates a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exer­cising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

 

(b)   Any person who rides a bicycle upon a roadway shall not ride more than single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

 

(c)   Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided ad­jacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use such roadway.

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(E)

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-690.

 

Sec. 5-21.  Bicycle riding on sidewalks.

 

No bicycle shall be ridden upon the sidewalks along the north and south sides of Norfolk Avenue between First Street and Sixth Street.  Bicycles may be ridden on the sidewalks in other areas of the city provided, however, that pedestrians shall, at all times, have the right of way.  This section shall not be applicable to law enforcement officers riding bicycles in the exercise of their duties.

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(D); Ord. No. 4033, § 1, 6-20-94; Ord. No. 4581, § 1, 5-20-02

Reference-Similar provisions, section 22-4.

 

Sec. 5-22.  Clinging to vehicles.

 

Any person who rides upon any bicycle shall not attach such or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(I)

State law reference-Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 39-689.

 

Sec. 5-23.  Parking.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to park a bicycle upon a roadway, sidewalk, or other public way in such a position as to interfere with the safety or movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic and when parked within three (3) feet of the curb, as close to the curb line as possible. 

 

Source: Code 1962, § 10-16-6(K)

 

ARTICLE III.  MOTOR SCOOTERS

Sec. 5-24.  Gas- or electric-powered scooters on sidewalks. 

 

Unless otherwise provided, gas- or electric-powered scooters may be operated upon a sidewalk so long as the gas- or electric-powered scooter meets the following criteria:

 

(1)       The maximum speed at which the scooter is capable of being operated, as determined by the manufacturer, cannot exceed 20 miles per hour.

 

(2)       No modifications shall be made to the scooter to enable the scooter to be operated at a higher rate of speed than the maximum speed determined by the manufacturer.

 

(3)       The scooter is registered with the city clerk as set forth in this article. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04

 

Sec. 5-25.  Registration; license. 

 

(a)  It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a gas- or electric-powered scooter on the sidewalks of the city, without first registering the same with the city clerk. 

 

(b)  The clerk or his or her authorized designee shall, upon written application, register a gas- or electric-powered scooter for two (2) calendar years.  All registrations shall cease on the thirtieth (30th) day of April of each even numbered year after their entry, and registration shall entitle the registrant to operate the gas- or electric-powered scooter for which the same is issued as provided by law.  Only gas- or electric-powered scooters with a maximum speed not exceeding 20 miles per hour, as determined by the manufacturer, may be registered.

 

(c)  The fee for such registration is set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.  The fee for replacement of lost or destroyed registrations is set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code.  All such registration fees shall be paid into the treasury.

 

(d)  The city clerk or his or her authorized designee shall provide licenses, having registered numbers thereon in numerical order and indicating the year for which the same is issued and the words "Norfolk Scooter License".  Said license shall be affixed to the frame or fender of each gas- or electric-powered scooter.  The city clerk or his or her authorized designee shall maintain a record of the date of issue of each registration, to whom made, the number thereon, the make, kind, serial number and manufacturer’s maximum rated speed of the scooter.

 

(e)  It shall be a violation of this section to provide false information when registering and/or licensing a gas- or electric-powered scooter.

 

(f)  A registration and/or license that is issued based upon false or inaccurate information is void.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04; Ord. No. 5135, § 4, 9-7-10

 

Sec. 5-26.  Right of way. 

 

The operator of a gas- or electric-powered scooter shall at all times yield the right of way to pedestrians, to vehicles crossing the sidewalk and to any vehicles or pedestrians on any street or at any intersection.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04

 

Sec. 5-27.  Violations; impoundment; redemption. 

 

(a)  Every gas- or electric-powered scooter, regardless of the owner of the scooter, being operated in violation of this article, is hereby declared a public nuisance.  The scooter may be seized upon a police officer witnessing the violation and impounded for a period of ten (10) days at the expense of the owner of the scooter.  After the passage of ten (10) days, the scooter may be redeemed as provided in this section.

 

(b)  Only the owner, a person authorized by the owner, the person operating the scooter at the time of impoundment, or a person lawfully entitled to the possession of such scooter may redeem a scooter from the city police division. 

 

(c)  Any person redeeming a scooter impounded by the city shall pay the cost of towing or removal fee plus storage fees set forth in Section 2-5 of this Code. 

 

(d)  In the event the scooter was not registered at the time of impoundment, it must be registered prior to being released by the police division.  

 

Source: Ord. No. 4761, § 1, 11-15-04; Ord. No. 5135, § 4, 9-7-10

 

Section 5-28.  Exception.

 

This Article shall not be applicable to scooters, power chairs or electric wheelchairs having more than two (2) wheels which are designed for and being utilized by individuals with limited mobility. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4833, § 1, 10-03-05

 

The public information contained herein is furnished as a public service by the City of Norfolk. The official record is maintained by the City Clerk's Office as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 16-317. A printed version of the Norfolk Municipal Code is available at the City Clerk's Office and the Norfolk Public Library.

 

The City Clerk's Office may be contacted at (402) 844-2000 or by email bdeck@ci.norfolk.ne.us