Section 730 - Bicycles
Section 730:00. Traffic Laws Apply. Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles 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 this State, or by the traffic ordinances of this municipality.
Section 730:03. Equipment on Bicycles. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Section 730:06. Lock Parked Bicycle. No owner or operator of a bicycle shall leave or park it unattended on the streets, sidewalks, alleys, designated parking areas and other public grounds without first affixing a lock thereon so as to prevent the theft of said bicycle.
Section 730:09. Bicycle Riding Equipment. Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with, or its operator shall carry, a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department of Public Safety which is visible from all distances from one hundred (100) feet to six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector. No person may, after January 1, 1976, at any time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead, operate a bicycle unless the bicycle or its operator is equipped with reflective surfaces that shall be visible during the hours of darkness from six hundred (600) feet when viewed in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.
The reflective surfaces shall include reflective materials on each side of each pedal to indicate their presence from the front or the rear and with a minimum of twenty (20) square inches on each side of the bicycle or its operator, of white reflective material. All reflective materials used in compliance with this subdivision shall meet the requirements as prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety.
Section 730:12. Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
Section 730:15. Obedience to Traffic Control. Devices. (a) Any person operating a bicycle shall obey traffic control devices applicable to vehicles unless otherwise directed by a police officer. (b) 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 on any such sign.
Section 730:18. Signals Required. Before turning or changing the direction of any bicycle upon any street, highway, parkway or public place, it shall be the duty of the bicycle rider to give a signal by the extension of the hand to indicate the direction it is the intention to proceed. Signal your right or left turn during the last one hundred (100) feet before reaching the turning point. You need not continue the hand-and-arm signal while making the turn.
Section 730:21. Carrying Articles. No person operating a bicycle shall carry any packages, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bar.
Section 730:24. Trick Riding. No person riding or operating a bicycle shall perform or attempt to perform any acrobatic, fancy or stunt riding upon any public highway or street.
Section 730:27. Ride and Passengers on Bicycles. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
Section 730:30. Ride on Sidewalks in Business District. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district; business district as herein defined shall mean: Beginning at a point where the centerline of Oak Avenue intersects the centerline of Mill Street, thence easterly along said centerline to the point where it intersects the center line of Elm Avenue, thence northerly along said centerline to the point where it intersects the centerline of Front Street, thence westerly along said centerline to the point where it intersects the centerline of Oak Avenue, thence southerly along said centerline to the point of beginning.
Section 730:33. Parking and Parking Spaces.
Subd. 1. No person shall park a bicycle on any sidewalk in a business district except where bicycle parking spaces have been designated by official signs and markings pursuant to this Code. A bicycle parked on a public sidewalk other than where bicycle parking spaces have been so designated is hereby declared to be a hazard to pedestrians.
Subd. 2. Any bicycle which is parked on any sidewalk in any business district so as to be a hazard to pedestrians shall be impounded by the Owatonna Police Department.
Section 730:36. Entering or Emerging from Alley or Driveway. The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.
Section 730:39. Vehicles Prohibited from Bicycle Lanes and Paths. No person shall operate a motor vehicle within an established and officially designated bicycle lane or path except when necessary to park where parking is allowed, for purposes of ingress or egress to and from driveways or for purpose of intersectional travel.
Section 730:42. Where to Ride. Every person operating 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. Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway or as part of the roadway, bicycle riders shall use such paths and shall not use the remaining portion of the roadway.
Section 730:45. Ride Abreast. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for exclusive use of bicycles.
Section 730:48. Hitching Rides. It shall be unlawful for any person operating a bicycle upon any street, highway, parkway or public place to attach himself or herself to any other moving vehicle.
Section 730:51. Effect of Regulations. It is unlawful for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this chapter. The parent of any child or minor and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any child, minor or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter. These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or highway within this municipality or upon any path or trail therein set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein.
Section 730:54. Juvenile Bicycle Law Offender. All persons under the age of eighteen (18) and who violate any of the sections of this ordinance shall be declared a juvenile bicycle law offender and the proceedings against said individual will take place in the Juvenile Court of Steele County under rules and regulations prescribed by said Court.