Bicycles, Mopeds & Motor-Driven Cycle Safety
Bicycle Safety Rules & Tips
- All bicycles operated upon any streets, alleys, lanes or public highways must be registered with the City Treasurer's Office
- Bicycles should not be ridden upon any sidewalk in a business district or on a public sidewalk by any person over the age of 14 years
- No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped
- Riders must ride as close as practicable right curb or edge of the roadway
- Riders must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks
- Riders should always wear an approved bicycle helmet
- Riders should give the proper hand signals when stopping and/or making turns
- Riders should look for other vehicles prior to entering an intersection
- When operating a bicycle between the hours of sunset and sunrise, all bicycles must be equipped with headlight and a red rear reflector visible at night
- When riding upon a public street or highway, all riders must obey all traffic laws
Moped Rules & Tips
- All operators are required to carry some form of identification with them that includes their name, address and date of birth.
- All persons riding on a moped are required to wear a protective helmet and safety glasses of a type approved by the Superintendent of the State Police.
- Mopeds are defined as every vehicle that travels on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground that has (i) a seat that is no less than 24 inches in height, measured from the middle of the seat perpendicular to the ground and (ii) a gasoline, electric, or hybrid motor that displaces less than 50 cubic centimeters.
- No moped shall be driven on any highway or public vehicular area faster than 35mph or by any person under 16 years of age.
- No moped shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped.
- When operating a moped between the hours of sunset and sunrise, it must be equipped with a headlight and a red rear reflector visible at night.
- While operating a moped upon a public street or highway the driver must obey all traffic laws.
Motor-Driven Cycles State Code
Recently, there has been a growing interest in a type of vehicle called a "Motor-Driven Cycle." These types of vehicles are like a miniature replica of a real motorcycle and are fully operational. They are defined by State Code as "...every motorcycle that has a gasoline engine that (i)displaces less than 150 cubic centimeters; (ii) has a seat less than 24 inches in height, measured from the middle of the seat perpendicular to the ground; (iii) has no manufacturer-issued vehicle identification number." The operation of these cycles on public highways is prohibited.