As spring arrives and gas prices soar, more people take to the streets to ride bicycles.
Bicyclers traveling at night must have a white light on the front and a good reflector on the back of their bikes, according to city regulations.
Here's a look at the North Platte city ordinances pertaining to bicycles:
(A) No person shall ride or propel a bicycle on a street or other public highway of the city with another person on the handlebars or in any position in front of the operator.
(B) No bicycle shall be ridden faster than is reasonable and proper, but every bicycle shall be operated with reasonable regard to the safety of the operator and any other persons upon the streets and public highways.
(C) Persons riding bicycles shall observe all traffic signs and stop at all stop signs.
(D) No bicycle shall be permitted on any street or other public highway from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise without a headlight, visible under normal atmospheric conditions from the front thereof for not less than 500 feet, indicating the approach or presence of the bicycle, firmly attached to the bicycle, and properly lighted, or without a yellow or red light reflector attached to the bicycle and visible 100-600 feet from the rear thereof when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle. The bicycle headlight shall give a clear, white light.
(E) No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any street or other public highway abreast of more than one other person riding or propelling a bicycle.
(F) Every person riding or propelling a bicycle upon any street or other public highway shall observe all traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto, and shall turn only at intersections, signal for all turns, ride at the right-hand side of the street or highway, pass to the left when passing overtaken vehicles and individuals that are slower moving, and pass vehicles to the right when meeting.
COMPLIANCE WITH TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
(A) 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 by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this subchapter and except as to those sections of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
(B) Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(C) Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right turn or left turn or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such signs, except where the person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event the person shall obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or in a rack to support the bicycle or in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
RIDING BICYCLE OR SKATEBOARD ON SIDEWALK
No person shall ride a bicycle or skateboard upon a sidewalk within the central business district. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle or skateboard upon a sidewalk, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
PARENTíS RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATIONS BY CHILDREN
The parent or guardian of any child who is less than 16 years old shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child to violate any of the provisions of this subchapter.
TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF BICYCLE
Upon the sale or other transfer of a registered bicycle, the prior owner shall notify the Police Department to have the registration reassigned to the new owner.