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Del City Ordinances


ARTICLE VII. BICYCLES (See note at the end of article)

Sec. 11-251. Applicability generally.

The provisions of this article 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 in this article.
(Code 1973, § 30-197)

Sec. 11-254. Application of traffic regulations to riders.

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 under the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles and under the traffic ordinances of this city, except as to special regulations prescribed in this article and except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which, by their nature, can have no application.
(Code 1973, 30-200)

Sec. 11-255. Riders to obey traffic-control devices.

(a) 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.

(b) Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that a turning movement is restricted or prohibited, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except when such person dismounts from the bicycle to make such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
(Code 1973, § 30-201)

Sec. 11-256. Use of permanent seat; passengers.

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

(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
(Code 1973, § 30-202)

Sec. 11-257. Riders carrying articles.

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.
(Code 1973, § 30-203)

Sec. 11-258. Rider not to cling to other vehicle.

No person riding upon any bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
(Code 1973, § 30-204)

Sec. 11-259. Lamps.

Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with 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 state department of public safety which shall be visible from all distances from fifty (50) feet to three hundred (300) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper 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. (Code 1973, § 30-205)

Sec. 11-260. Signal devices.

No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
(Code 1973, § 30-206)

Sec. 11-261. Brake.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
(Code 1973, § 30-207)

Sec. 11-262. Maximum height of handlebars.

Handlebars on bicycles shall not exceed twelve (12) inches in height, measured from the crown or point of attachment.
(Code 1973, § 30-208)

Sec. 11-263. Maximum width of handlebars.

Handlebars on bicycles shall not exceed twenty-seven (27) inches in width, measured from outside tip to tip.
(Code 1973, § 30-209)

Sec. 11-264. Riding on right side of roadway; riding more than two abreast.

(a) 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.

(b) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(Code 1973, § 30-210)

Sec. 11-265. Use of paths.

Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
(Code 1973, § 30-211)

Sec. 11-266. Speed.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
(Code 1973, § 30-212)

Sec. 11-267. Passing other vehicles between traffic lanes.

No bicycle rider shall pass other vehicles in between lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.
(Code 1973, § 30-213)

Sec. 11-268. Emerging from alley, driveway or building.

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 the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on such roadway.
(Code 1973, § 30-214)

Sec. 11-269. Riding on sidewalk generally.

(a) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.

(b) 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 pedestrians.
(Code 1973, § 30-215)

Sec. 11-270. Signs prohibiting riding on sidewalk or roadway.

The director of traffic control is authorized to have erected signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person. When such signs are in place, no person shall disobey the same.
(Code 1973, 30-216)

Sec. 11-271. Parking.

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 a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
(Code 1973, § 30-217)

Sec. 11-272. Responsibility of parents and guardians.

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 provision of this article.
(Code 1973, § 30-218)

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