The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County

June 17, 2013

Sunbury bike registration rules left in the dust


Changing times

Wednesday marked the first community bike ride — and, assuming none of the bicycles were registered — it would appear the city would have been able to rack up enough fines to purchase a few more surveillance cameras to be stored in boxes at City Hall.

And officers might have needed several pickup trucks to haul all the bicycles away.

Luckily, the police department was busy and riders made the seven-mile journey safely.

As a matter of fact, some of those cyclists even spent money at city businesses.

“We all know that certain laws need to be applied to all cyclists, but for the city, loosening the belt may be in order,” Persing said.

“It is one of those things that, 50 years ago, it meant a lot,” Persing said. “It is unenforceable and we don’t have the time. You want people to ride around and enjoy the summer weather, but we will look at these ordinances and take a look at it.

“There are things that we can change.”

Cyclists must follow state rules which say, “a bicycle is considered a vehicle and, as such, is governed by a general set of rules (common to all vehicles) and a specific set of rules (designed for bicycles).”

The law states that every person riding a pedalcycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the same rights as vehicles and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.

Bicycles are considered vehicles under Pennsylvania laws and must obey all the rules of the road that apply to vehicles.


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