Section 103-585; Ord. 17496; Amending Chapter 14 RE: Riding Cycles


Ordinance No.            17496              Council Bill No.            B 364-02A           

AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 14 of the City Code as it relates to riding cycles; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 14-503. Riding conduct, generally.

    (a)     Seat. A person propelling a cycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

    (b)     Number of riders. No cycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

    (c)     Where; passing other vehicles. Every person operating a cycle 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.  Riding to right; riding abreast.  Every person operating a cycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, except when making a left turn, when avoiding hazardous conditions, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street.  Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding other vehicles.

    (d)     Single file. Persons riding cycles upon a roadway shall ride single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of cycles.


    (e)     Cycle paths. Whenever a usable path for cycles practical for sustained riding for transportation purposes has been officially designated adjacent to a street or highway, cycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the street or highway.

    (fd)     Speed. No person shall operate a cycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under conditions then existing.

    (ge)     Age--For major thoroughfares. No person less than nine (9) years of age shall ride a cycle on any major thoroughfare unless accompanied by his or her parents or other responsible adult.

    (hf)     Same--Night, any street. No person less than nine (9) years of age shall ride a cycle at night on any street or thoroughfare unless accompanied by his or her parents or other responsible adult.

    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 4th day of November, 2002.