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Title 8: Motor Vehicles and Traffic

 

Chapter 1: General Traffic Regulations

 

Sec. 8-1-1 State Traffic Laws Adopted

(a)The statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to vehicles and traffic in the following enumerated sections and chapters of the Wisconsin Statutes, exclusive of any provisions therein relating to the penalties to be imposed or the punishment for violation of said statutes, are hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by any statute incorporated herein by reference is required or prohibited by this chapter.

 Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the statutes incorporation herein are intended to be made part of this code in order to secure uniform statewide regulation of traffic on the highways, streets, and alleys of the State of Wisconsin.

(b)Sections of the Wisconsin Statutes adopted by reference shall include but not be limited to the following:

110.05 Required inspection of human service vehicle
110.06(3)(b) Failure to obtain pre-sale inspection of school bus -- first violation
110.075(2) Failure to stop for inspection
110.075(7) Illegal use or manufacture of inspection sticker (MVD - 5) (10-200)
194.17(1) Operates w/o required certificate, license or insurance
194.17(1) Other common carrier violations
340.01, 341.01, 342.01, 343.01, 344.01, 346.01, 347.01 & 348.01 Words and Phrases Defined
341.04 Operating Unregistered or Improperly Registered Vehicle
341.045 Use of Registered Farm Trucks
341.05 When Vehicle Exempt From Registration
341.07 Certain Vehicles to be Registered by Resident Lessee
341.08 Application for Registration
341.11(4) Display of Registration Certificates
341.15 Display of Registration Plates
341.16(2) Surrender of Illegible Plates
341.42 Reciprocity Permits
341.51 Registration of Dealer, Distributor, Manufacturer or Transporter
341.55 Misuse of Plates
341.61 Improper Use of Evidence of Registration
341.62 False Evidence of Registration
341.63(3) Surrender of Plates Upon Suspension
342.05 Certificate of Title Required
342.06 Application for Certificate of Title
342.15 Transfer of Interest in a Vehicle
342.16 Transfer to or From Dealer
342.30(2) & (3) Assignment and Stamping of New Identification Numbers
342.31(2) Report of Stolen or Abandoned Vehicle
342.33 Sale of Vehicle Used as Taxicab
342.34 Destruction of Vehicles
343.10 Occupational Licenses
343.12 School Bus Operators to Obtain Special License
343.125 Chauffeurs to Obtain Special License
343.18 License to be Carried
343.19 Duplicate Licenses
343.22 Notice of Change of Address or Name
343.305 Implied Consent
343.35 Surrender of License Upon Revocation, Cancellation or Suspension
343.45 Permitting Unauthorized Persons to Drive
343.46 Renting Vehicles
344.45 Surrender of License and Registration Upon Suspension
344.46 Transfer of Ownership to Defeat Financial Ownership
344.47 Operating Vehicle After Suspension or Revocation of Registration
344.51 & 344.52 Financial Responsibility for Rented Vehicles
345.55 Traffic Officers Not to Profit From Arrests
346.02 Applicability of Ch. 346
346.03 Authorized Emergency Vehicle
346.04(1) & (2) Obedience to Traffic Officer, Signs and Signals
346.05 Vehicles to be Driven on Right Side of Roadway
346.06 Meeting of Vehicles
326.07 Overtaking and Passing on Left
346.075 Overtaking and Passing Bicycles
346.08 When Overtaking and Passing on Right Permitted
346.09 Limitations on Overtaking on Left or Driving on Left Side of Roadway
346.10 When Passing at Railroad Crossing or Intersection Prohibited
346.11 Passing or Meeting Frightened Animal
346.12 Driving Through Safety Zones Prohibited
346.13 Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic
346.14 Distance Between Vehicles
346.15 Driving on Divided Highway
346.16 Use of Controlled-Access Highways, Expressways and Freeways
346.18 General Rules of Right-of-Way
346.19 What to do on Approach of Emergency Vehicle
346.20 Right-of-Way of Funeral Processions and Military Convoys
346.21 Right-of-Way of Livestock
346.23 Crossing Controlled Intersection or Crosswalk
346.24 Crossing at Uncontrolled Intersection or Crosswalk
346.25 Crossing at Place Other Than Crosswalk
346.26 Blind Pedestrian on Highway
346.27 Persons Working on Highway
346.28 Pedestrians to Walk on Left Side of Highway; Pedestrians on Sidewalk
346.29 When Standing or Loitering in Roadway or Highway Prohibited
346.31 Required Position and Method of Turning at Intersections
346.32 Required Position for Turning Into Private Road or Driveway
346.33 Where Turns Prohibited
346.34 Turning Movements and Required Signals on Turning and Stopping
346.35 Method of Giving Signals on Turning and Stopping
346.37 Traffic-Control Signal Legend
346.38 Pedestrian Control Signals
346.39 Flashing Signals
346.40 Whistle Signals
346.41 Display of Unauthorized Signs and Signals Prohibited
346.42 Interference with Signs and Signals Prohibited
346.44 All Vehicles to Stop at Signal Indicating Approach of Train
346.45 Certain Vehicles to Stop at All Railroad Crossings
346.455 Vehicles to Stop at Fire Station
346.46 Vehicles to Stop at Stop Signs
346.47 When Vehicles Using Alley or Non-Highway Access to Stop
346.48 Vehicles to Stop for School Buses Loading or Unloading Children
346.50 Exceptions to Stopping and Parking Restrictions
346.505 Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Places Reserved for Handicapped
346.51 Stopping, Standing or Parking Outside of Business or Residence Districts
346.52 Stopping Prohibited in Certain Specified Places
346.53 Parking Prohibited in Certain Specified Places
346.54 How to Park and Stop on Streets
346.55 Other Restrictions on Parking and Stopping
346.57(2) Reasonable and Prudent Speed
346.57(3) Conditions Requiring Reduced Speed
346.57(4)(a)-(c) Fixed Speed Limits in School or Safety Zones
346.57(4)(d)-(h) Fixed Speed Limits
346.57(4)(hm) Emergency Energy Speed Limit
346.57(4)(i) Speeding in Park or Recreation Area
346.57(5) Zoned and Posed Speed Limits
346.58 Special Speed Restrictions for Certain Vehicles
346.59 Minimum Speed Regulations
346.595 Motor-Driven Cycles
346.61 Applicability of Sections Relating to Reckless and Drunken Driving
346.62(1) Reckless Driving (First Offense within 4 Years)
346.63(1) Operating Under Influence of Intoxicant (First Offense within 5 years)
346.66 Applicability of Sections Relating to Accidents and Accident Reporting
346.68 Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle
346.69 Duty Upon Striking Property on or Adjacent to Highway
346.70 Duty to Report Accident
346.71 Coroners to Report
346.72 Garages to Keep Record of Repairs of Accident Damage
346.73 Accident Reports Confidential
346.77 Responsibility of Parent or Guardian for Violation of Bicycle and Play Vehicle Regulations
346.78 Play Vehicles Not to be Used on Roadway
346.79 Special Rules Applicable to Bicycles
346.80 Riding Bicycle on Roadway
346.802 Riding Bicycle on Bicycle Lane
346.803 Riding Bicycle on Bicycle Way
346.804 Riding Bicycle on Sidewalks
346.81 Lamps and Other Equipment on Bicycles
346.87 Limitations on Backing
346.88 Obstruction of Operator
346.89 Inattentive Driving
346.90 Following Emergency Vehicle
346.91 Crossing Fire Hose
346.92 Illegal Riding
346.92 Intoxicants in Vehicles Carrying Minors
346.922 Transporting Children in Cargo Areas of Motor Trucks
346.935 Drinking in Motor Vehicles on Highways
346.94 Miscellaneous Prohibited Acts
346.96 Pupil Transportation in Automobiles or Station Wagons
347.02 Applicability of Ch. 347
347.03 Sale of Prohibited Equipment
347.04 Improperly Equipped Vehicle
347.06 When Lighted Lamps Required
347.07 Special Restrictions on Lamps and the Use Thereof
347.08 Determining the Visibility Distance and Mounted Height of Lamps
347.09 Headlamps on Motor Vehicles
347.10 Headlamp Specifications for Motor Vehicles other Than Power-Driven Cycles
347.11 Headlamp Specifications for Power-Driven Cycles and Motor Bicycles
347.12 Use of Multiple-Beam Headlamps
347.13 Tails Lamps and Registration Plate Lamps
347.14 Stop Lamps
347.15 Directional Signal Lamps or Devices
347.16 Clearance Lamps and Reflectors
347.17 Color of Clearance and Marker Lamps and Reflectors
347.18 Mounting of Clearance Lamps and Reflectors
347.19 Visibility of Clearance Lamps and Reflectors
347.20 Lamp or Flag on Projecting Load
347.21 Lamps and Flags on Trains of Agricultural Vehicles
347.22 Lamps on Farm Tractors and Self-Propelled Farm Implements
347.23 Lamps on Highway Maintenance Equipment
347.24 Lamps on Non-motor Vehicles and Equipment
347.245 Identification Emblem on Slow Moving Vehicles
347.25 Special Warning Lamps on Emergency Vehicles
347.26 Restrictions on Certain Optional Lighting Equipment
347.27 When Lighted Lamps Required on Parked Vehicles
347.28 Certain Vehicles to Carry Flares or Other Warning Devices
347.29 Display of Warning Devices for Certain Vehicles When Standing on Highway
347.35 Brakes
347.36 Performance Ability of Brakes
347.38 Horns and Warning Devices
347.39 Mufflers
347.40 Mirrors
347.41 Speed Indicators
347.415 Odometer Tampering
347.42 Windshield Wipers
347.43 Safety Glass
347.44 Painting Requirements
347.45 Tire Equipment
347.46 Fenders and Mudguards
347.47 Drawbars, Trailer Hitches and Mobile Home Couplings
347.48 Seat Belts
347.485 Protective Headgear for Motorcyclist
347.486 General Requirements (Motorcyclists)
347.487 Seating Requirements (Motorcyclists)
347.488 Moped Equipment
347.49 Equipment of Vehicles Transporting Flammable Liquids
348.02 Applicability of Ch. 348
348.05 Width of Vehicles
348.06 Height of Vehicles
348.07 Length of Vehicles
348.08 Vehicle Trains
348.09 Projecting Loads on Side of Vehicles
348.10 Special Limitations on Load
348.15 Weight Limitations on Class "A" Highways
348.16 Weight Limitations on Class "B" Highways
348.17 Special of Seasonal Weight Limitations
348.175 Seasonal Operating Rights for Vehicles Hauling Peeled or Unpeeled Forest Products Cut Crosswise
348.18 Weight Limitations Apply to Publicly-Owned Vehicles; Exceptions
348.185 Empty Weight to be Indicated on Side of Certain Vehicles; Rules
348.19 Traffic Officers May Weight Vehicles and Require Removal of Excess Load
348.20 Policy in Prosecuting Weight Violations
348.25 General Provisions Relating to Permits for Vehicles and Loads of Excessive Size and Weight
348.26 Single Trip Permits
348.27 Annual or Multiple Trip Permits
348.28 Permits to be Carried
350.01 to 350.19 Snowmobiles
341.01 Reckless Driving Off Highways
341.03 Highway Obstruction

Sec. 8-1-2 Stop Signs and Signals

  The City Manager shall cause to be erected and maintained stop signs and traffic control signals at such intersections as the Council may designate. The City Manager may direct the erection of temporary signs and signals.

Sec. 8-1-3 One-Way Streets

(a) ONE WAY STREETS DESIGNATED.

(b) The City Manager shall appropriately mark each of such streets indicating that it is a one-way street upon which traffic must move as indicated by such markers.

(c) Any person operating a vehicle in a direction opposite from the direction provided herein for such streets shall be guilty of an offense.

Sec. 8-1-4 School Crossing Guards

(a) The City Manager shall hire qualified persons for duty as school crossing guards.

(b) School crossing guards shall direct and guide school children at crossings in the area to which they are assigned on days when public, private or parochial schools shall be in session. It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse and fail to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of any adult school crossing guard. Said guards shall sign a formal complaint against any person who is believed to be in violation of any municipal ordinance relating to their assignment.

Sec. 8-1-5 Mini-Bikes, Go-Karts, and Other Motor Vehicles

  No person shall operate a mini-bike, go-kart or other motor vehicle within the City except on the property of the owner of the mini-bike, go-kart or other motor vehicle or on other property with the owner's permission.

Sec. 8-1-6 Enforcement

(a) ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE. This Title shall be enforced according to Sections 66.12, 345.20, and 345.53, Wis. Stats.

(b) SETTLEMENT OF NONMOVING VIOLATIONS WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

(c) PENALTY FOR SUBSECTION (b) VIOLATIONS. Any person who violates the traffic ordinances of the City in any of the respects enumerated in Subsection (b) above, except for violation of subsection (u), (w), (z) or (aa), shall be subject to a forfeiture of $15.00 if such forfeiture is paid within five (5) days after the offense. After five (5) days of the offense, the forfeiture shall be $30.00 and after fifteen (15) days of the offense the forfeiture shall be $45.00. If the forfeiture is not paid within thirty (30) days of the offense, the Police Department will enter a Notice of Unpaid Citation under Wisc. State. Stat. 348.28(4). The suspension, upon payment by the offender of the following: $45.00 forfeiture; fee for the Notice of Unpaid Citation as set by the State of Wisconsin; and a $10.00 processing fee, will be lifted. Upon the request of the offender to contest this ordinance violation, a court date will be set. If the suspension has not yet been processed, it will be held open until after the court appearance date. If the suspension has already been sent to the State of Wisconsin, the suspension will remain in effect until after the disposition of said court appearance. Any person who violates Section 8-1-6(b)(1), Subsection (u) or (w), (z) or (aa) above shall be subject to the forfeiture provisions of Section 8-2-5(b).

(d) PENALTIES FOR OTHER VIOLATIONS. The penalty for violation of any provision of this Chapter for which a penalty is not otherwise provided herein shall be a forfeiture as hereinafter provided together with costs under Section 345.27, Wis. Stats.

Sec. 8-1-7 Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles on City Owned Property

(a) In this Ordinance, "all terrain-vehicle" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 340.01(2)(g) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

(b) No person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on property owned by the City, including but not limited to city parks, except upon all-terrain vehicle trails or in other areas designated by the City Council by Resolution. This Ordinance shall not prohibit an person from operating an all-terrain vehicle on the East or West Twin Rivers, and City owned boat launches may be used to access the rivers for such purpose. This ordinance shall not apply to municipally owned all-terrain vehicles engaged in maintenance or law enforcement work.

Chapter 2: Parking

 

Sec. 8-2-1 Parking Restrictions

(a) The City Council may establish and designate loading zones and bus stops at such places as it shall deem necessary. Upon the direction of the Council, the City Manager may prohibit parking in front or opposite property in the City used for business purposes or in front of schools, churches, or other property used as a place of public assemblage. Upon the direction of the Council, the City Manager may limit the time which persons may park vehicles in public parking lots and upon public streets. All such loading zones, bus stops, places where parking is prohibited and places where parking is permitted for limited periods shall be designated by appropriate signs, and any persons who shall park a vehicle in violation of the regulations described on such signs shall be guilty of an offense.

(b) The City Manager may authorize temporary parking restrictions.

Sec. 8-2-2 Parking in Alleys Restricted

  No person shall park any vehicle in any alley within the City.

Sec. 8-2-3 Parking More than 48 Hours Prohibited

  No person shall park any vehicle, boat or trailer on any street or at any parking lot continuously for more than 48 hours.

Sec. 8-2-4 All Night Parking Prohibited

(a) No person shall park any vehicle for longer than one hour between 1:30 AM and 6:00 AM of any day on any public street or municipal parking lot in an area zoned Business B-1, B-2 and B-3 or a non-conforming business use located in a residential district from December 1 (including December 1) in any year to March 15 (including March 15) of any succeeding year.

(b) No person shall park any vehicle between 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM on any day on any public street or in any municipal parking lot from December 1 (including December 1) in any year to March 15 (including March 15) of the succeeding year except as provided in 8-2-4(a).

(c) Persons shall be allowed to park any vehicle on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1) in any year unless a snow emergency is declared.

(d)

Sec. 8-2-5 Definitions

(a) DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words shall be defined as indicated:

(b) VIOLATIONS & PENALTY. Any person who violates Section 8-1-6(b)(1), Subsection (u) or (w), or Section 8-2-13, shall be subject to a forfeiture of $15.00 if such forfeiture is paid within five (5) days after the offense. After five (5) days of the offense, the forfeiture shall be $30.00 and after fifteen (15) days of the offense the forfeiture shall be $45.00. If the forfeiture is not paid within thirty (30) days of the offense, the Police Department will enter a Notice of Unpaid Citation under Wisc. State. Stat. 348.28(4). The suspension, upon payment by the offender of the following: $45.00 forfeiture; fee for the Notice of Unpaid Citation as set by the State of Wisconsin; and a $10.00 processing fee, will be lifted. Upon the request of the offender to contest this ordinance violation, a court date will be set. If the suspension has not yet been processed, it will be held open until after the court appearance date. If the suspension has already been sent to the State of Wisconsin, the suspension will remain in effect until after the disposition of said court appearance.

  Any person who violates Section 8-1-6(b)(1), subsection (z) or (aa) shall be subject to a forfeiture of $40.00 if such forfeiture is paid withing five days after the offense. If such forfeiture is not paid within five days of the offense, the forfeiture shall be $80.00, and if such forfeiture is not paid within fifteen days of the offense, the forfeiture shall be $120.00. If the forfeiture is not paid within thirty days of the offense, the police department will enter a Notice of Unpaid Citation under Wis. Stats. §348.28(4). The resulting suspension will be lifted upon payment by the offender of the following: $120.00 forfeiture, plus the fee for the Notice of Unpaid Citation as set by the State of Wisconsin, and a $10.00 processing fee. If the offender contests this Ordinance violation, a court date will be set. If the suspension has not yet been processed, it will be held open until after the court appearance date. If the suspension has already been sent to the State of Wisconsin, the suspension will remain in effect until after the disposition of the court proceeding.

(c) DISPOSITION OF PARKING REVENUES. The City Clerk-Treasurer shall keep a separate account of all revenues derived from any parking violations. The receipts and revenues from parking violations shall be credited to a fund hereby created to be known as the Public Parking Fund. From said Public Parking Fund, expenditures related to the cost of acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, and other expenses associated with the operation of public parking both on and off the streets of the City shall be paid, until the Council directs the City Manager to use the excess for other budgetary purposes.

Sec. 8-2-6 Operation of Motor Vehicles in Public Parking Lots and Ramps

(a) UN-LICENSED OPERATORS PROHIBITED. No person who does not hold a valid operator's license shall operate a vehicle in any public parking lot or ramp or in any private parking lot or ramp held out for the use of parking for the general public.

(b) TRAFFIC REGULATIONS APPLICABLE. All provisions of Chapter One of this Title and of the Wisconsin Statutes and laws incorporated herein by reference shall be applicable on any parking lot or ramp and on any private parking lot or ramp held out for use of the general public for parking or vehicular traffic.

Sec. 8-2-7 Reserved for Future Use

Sec. 8-2-8 Parking Outside of Designated Parking Spaces

  The City Manager is hereby directed and authorized to mark off individual parking spaces in the parking zones designated by the Council and in such other zones as may hereafter be established, said parking spaces to be designated by lines painted or durably marked on the curbing or surface of the street. At each space so marked off, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in such a way that said vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of the space designated.

(a) No person shall park any vehicle across any line or marking of a parking meter space or in such position that the vehicle shall not be entirely within the area designated by such lines or markings

(b) The penalty for violation of this Section shall be as provided in Section 8-1-6(b)(1)(w).

(c) The City Manager is hereby authorized to mark off individual parking spaces in the parking zones designated by the Council and in such other zones as may hereafter be established, said parking spaces to be designated by lines painted or durably marked on the curbing surface of the street. At each space so marked off, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in such a way that said vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of the space designated.

Sec. 8-2-9 Reserved for Future Use

Sec. 8-2-10 Parking in Front Yards and Street Side Yards Prohibited

(a) As used in this ordinance, "front yards" "street side yards" and "lot" shall be defined as set forth in Section 10-1-7 of the Municipal Code

(b) No person shall park a vehicle, boat or trailer on the front yard or street side yard of any lot used primarily for residential purposes, except on driveways or City-approved off-street parking areas

(c) The penalty for violation of this Section shall be as provided in Section 8-1-6(c) of the Municipal Code

(d) This prohibition shall be in effect from March 16 to November 30 of each year for automobiles as defined in Section 340.01(4) of Wisconsin Statutes, but shall be in effect throughout the year for all other vehicles

Sec. 8-2-11 Parking on Terrace

(a) No person shall park any vehicle, boat, or trailer on a terrace as defined in Section 4-1-10(a) of this code, unless they have received a permit to do so from the Chief of Police.

(b) The Chief of Police may issue a permit to park on the terrace, between December 1, and March 15, when the person receiving permission is the owner or tenant of the adjoining property, and

(c) If permission to park on the terrace is received, all parking ordinances which are in effect for this area must be observed, except Section 8-2-4 of the City Code entitled, "All Night Parking Prohibited." The Chief of Police may impose additional conditions and restrictions as he deems necessary, and shall include same in said permit.

(d) The permit shall be effective from December 1 through March 15 of each year. The permit may be rescinded by the Chief of Police if the permit holder fails to conform to all the conditions of the permit.

(e) The penalty for violation of this Section shall be as provided in Section 8-1-6(c).

Sec. 8-2-12 All Night Truck Parking Prohibited

(a) No person shall park a truck on any street in a residential area for a period of time longer than one (1) hour between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

(b) A truck is any vehicle designed or operated for the transport of property or that carried a payload of two (2) tons or more and includes semi tractors and trailers.

(c) A residential area is any area located within areas designated as R1 through R4 on the City zoning map. If a street is located in an area which is zoned residential on one side and other than residential on the opposite side, a truck must be parked on the side of the street which is zoned other than residential in order to remain parked more than one hour between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

(d) The City Council may, by resolution, prohibit parking of trucks as defined in subsection (b) on other streets or in other areas of the City during such hours as the city Council may designate, subject to signage or other requirements imposed by applicable law. Copies of such resolution shall be maintained at the Office of the city Clerk and shall be available for public inspection during normal office hours.

(e) Persons who violate this Section are subject to penalties under Section 8-1-6(c) of the City Municipal Code.

Sec. 8-2-13 Restrictions on Parking of Trailers

(a) For purposes of this Ordinance, the word "trailer" is defined to mean any unpowered vehicle or device designed for carrying property or passengers wholly on its own structure and for being drawn by a motor vehicle on a road, street or highway.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in this Ordinance, no person shall park, store or maintain any trailer on any street in any residential zoning district (any area zoned R-1 through R-4 on the City's zoning map) in the City of Two Rivers between the hours of 2:00 AM - 6:00 AM, unless such trailer is attached to a motor vehicle which is in operating condition, and is duly licensed and registered as required by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

(c) This Ordinance shall not apply to trailers being used by contractors while rendering service to a property on a public street, if said trailer is otherwise lawfully parked on said street, adjacent to said property, and does not present a traffic hazard. In addition, this Ordinance does not apply to semi-trailers otherwise lawfully parked on public streets situated within or immediately adjacent to the I-1 Zoning District.

Chapter 3: Bicycles

 

Sec. 8-3-1 Operation

(a) "Bicycle" means every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels, any two of which are not less than 14 inches in diameter.

(b) "Bicycle lane" means that portion of a roadway set aside for exclusive use of bicycles and so designated by appropriate signs and markings by the responsible governing body.

(c) "Bike route" means any bicycle lane, bicycle way or highway which has been duly designated by the responsible governing body and identified by appropriate signs and markings.

(d)"Bicycle way" means any path or sidewalk, or portion thereof, designated for the use of bicycles by the responsible governing body.

(e)"Carrier" means any device attached to a bicycle designed for carrying articles.

(f)"Identification Tag" means a metal plate or sticker indicating that a bicycle is registered.

(g)"Right of Way" means the right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedent to the other.

(h)"Bicycle Patrol Officer" means a police officer patrolling by bicycle.

Sec. 8-3-2 Registration of Bicycles

(a) REGISTRATION OF BICYCLES REQUIRED. No person who resides within the City of Two Rivers shall operate or propel a bicycle upon any public highway, bicycle way or bicycle path within the City which has not been duly registered and licensed as provided in this chapter. The owner shall apply for registration within ten days of purchase and delivery of the bicycle.

(b) HOW MADE. Registration shall be made by filing with the Police Department on forms provided by the City giving the name, address and date of birth of the owner and a complete description of the bicycle, including the name of the manufacturer, style, model, serial number, and color. If the bicycle has no serial number, the Police Department shall assign one.

(c) REGISTRATION FEE. The fee for registration and license of a bicycle shall be as provided for in Title I of this Code. Police Patrol Bicycles are exempt from this provision.

(d) IDENTIFICATION TAG. The registering employee or officer shall issue to the registrant an identification tag. The identification tag shall be immediately affixed to the registered bicycle, and shall be firmly attached to the bicycle for which issued and kept visible and clean at all times. The identification tag shall permit the bicycle to be operated upon the streets of the City.

(e) UNSAFE BICYCLES NOT TO BE REGISTERED. No bicycle shall be registered which is in an unsafe mechanical condition.

(f) OWNER TO REGISTER. The licensing authority shall not register any bicycle which it knows or has reasonable grounds to believe is not owned by or lawfully in the possession of the applicant.

(h) CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP.

Sec. 8-3-3 Responsibility of Parent or Guardian

  No parent or guardian of any child shall authorize, or knowingly permit such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of any ordinance or state law applicable to the registration or operation of bicycles.

Sec. 8-3-4 Registration to be Displayed

  The identification tag issued under this chapter shall be affixed to the registered bicycle so as to be plainly seen and read and shall remain so affixed until ordered removed by the Police Department for cause, or until expiration of the registration. In the case of theft or loss of the identification tag, a replacement tag shall be issued upon payment of a fee as provided for in Title I of this Code.

Sec. 8-3-5 Exemption from Registration

  Any non-resident of the City who has duly registered his/her bicycle in another jurisdiction, or who resides in another jurisdiction which has no registration requirements, may operate his/her bicycle in the City without obtaining local registration.

Sec. 8-3-6 Removal and Alteration of Identification Tags

(a) REMOVAL PROHIBITED. No person shall remove an identification tag from a bicycle during the period for which it is issued.

(b) ALTERATION PROHIBITED. No person shall alter or counterfeit any identification tag.

Sec. 8-3-7 Unclaimed or Unidentified Bicycles

  All abandoned or unidentified bicycles shall be delivered to the Police Department for storage and all such bicycles remaining in the hands of the Police Department after 60 days shall be sold at the next scheduled police auction.

Sec. 8-3-8 Operating Rules

  No person operating a bicycle upon any highway, bicycle path or bicycle way within the City shall fail to observe any applicable traffic regulations of the municipality and state or to comply with the following regulations.

(a) CARRYING EXTRA PASSENGER. Bicycle operators shall not use a bicycle, except a tandem, to carry another person; however, a bicycle operator may carry a child securely attached to his or her person in a back pack or sling and may carry a child on a bicycle if it is equipped with a child's seat securely attached to and properly designed for use on a bicycle.

(b) STUNT OR TRICK RIDING. No person operating or pedaling a bicycle shall participate in any trick or stunt riding or racing on any highway within the City unless such race or contest is held pursuant to permission granted by the authority having jurisdiction over the highway.

(c) TOWING WITH BICYCLE. No person riding or operating a bicycle shall tow, drag or cause to be drawn behind the bicycle, any person on roller skates, coaster sled, or any other type of conveyance not designed to be towed by a bicycle.

(d) OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

(e) STOPPING, TURNING AND SIGNALING.

(f) SPEED. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions or in excess of any posted speed limit.

(g) CLINGING TO MOVING VEHICLES. It shall be unlawful for any person riding upon a bicycle to cling or attach himself or his bicycle to any moving vehicle.

(h) SINGLE FILE RIDING. Every person when operating a bicycle on a public highway shall ride such bicycle in a single file and at no time shall ride two or more abreast.

(i) RACING. No person operating a bicycle shall participate in any race, speed or endurance contest with another bicycle or with any motor vehicle or any other moving vehicle on a City street, except in connection with a special event upon permission granted by the City Council after a report by the Chief of Police.

(j) REMOVAL OF HANDS FROM HANDLEBARS. No person operating a bicycle shall remove both hands from handlebars or feet from pedals nor practice any fancy or acrobatic riding or stunts in the operation of said bicycles.

(k) LIGHTS; REFLECTORS. No person may operate a bicycle upon a highway, bicycle lane or bicycle way during hours of darkness unless such bicycle is equipped with or the operator is wearing a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of such bicycle. Such bicycle shall also be equipped with a red reflector that has a diameter of at least two inches of surface area on the rear so mounted and maintained as to be visible from all distances from 50 to 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to, but not in lieu of, the red reflector.

(l) OPERATION ON ROADWAY EDGE. The rider of a bicycle shall ride as near as practicable to within five feet of the right hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when passing another vehicle or in making a left hand turn in an intersection.

Sec. 8-3-9 Bicycle Parking

  No person shall park any bicycle against windows or in the main traveled portion of any sidewalk or highway nor in such manner as to constitute a hazard to pedestrians, traffic or property. If there is no bicycle rack or other facility intended to be used for the parking of bicycles in the vicinity, the operator may park a bicycle on the sidewalk in the upright position parallel to and within 24 inches of the curb.

Sec. 8-3-10 Operation on Sidewalks

(a) No person shall run or propel any bicycle on any sidewalk within the City, except bicycles with wheels 20" in diameter or less in residential areas for the purpose of learning, or bicycles being operated by a Police Bicycle Patrol Officer in the performance of his duties.

(b) Bicycles of all sizes may be operated on bridge sidewalks, but shall maintain the right-of-way to pedestrians.

(c) (c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) hereof, the City Council may, by motion or resolution, permit the operation of bicycles on designated sidewalks of the City, in its discretion, when it believes permitting such operation is appropriate and consistent with the public health and safety. Copies of any such resolution or motion shall be maintained at the office of the City Clerk and shall be available for public inspection during normal office hours. Such permission shall be subject to signage or other requirements imposed by applicable law

Sec. 8-3-11 Penalties

  Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by any of the following methods, subject to the requirements of state law:

(a) Any person under the age of 12 may be ordered to report to the Police Department for counseling and possible remedial action, which could include the suspension of the registration tag for not more than 30 days per violation.

(b) Any person over the age of 12 who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the following penalties:

Chapter 4: Abandoned Vehicles

 

Sec. 8-4-1 Abandoned Vehicles

(a) STATUTE ADOPTED. Section 342.40, Wis. Stats., is hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this Section as though fully set forth herein, to the extent this Section has application to abandoned vehicles as referred to in that Statute. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by the statutory provisions incorporated herein by reference are required or prohibited by this Section.

(b) DEFINITION. "Vehicle" shall be any machine propelled by power other than human power designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides, and shall include, without limitation, automobiles, trucks, trailers, semi-trailers, motorcycles, tractors, and other motor vehicles or vehicles as defined in Sec. 340.01 of the Wisconsin Statutes, as well as snowmobiles, and mobile homes as defined in this code, whether or not the vehicle is duly registered as appropriate with the State of Wisconsin.

(c) JUNKED VEHICLES. No person shall keep any dismantled or partially dismantled, junked, wrecked, unregistered, un-licensed or inoperable vehicle on any privately owned premises in the City, or on any publicly owned premises within the City, including any street, highway or other roadway, for a period of time in excess of 72 hours. Any such vehicle shall constitute a public nuisance, and any owner or keeper of such vehicle shall be subject to a forfeiture as provided in this Section. In addition, the vehicle may be impounded and sold as provided herein. A "junked vehicle" shall not include vehicles owned by a collector as defined in Sec. 341.266(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes, duly stored on the collector's property as provided in Sec. 341.266(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

(d) ABANDONED VEHICLES. No person shall leave any vehicle unattended on any privately owned property or publicly owned property, including any street, highway or other roadway, for such time or under such circumstances as would cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to be abandoned. Except as otherwise provided herein, or by other governing law, a vehicle shall be deemed abandoned if it has been left unattended without the permission of the owner of the property on which it is located, if private property, or on publicly owned property, including any street, highway or other roadway shall be deemed abandoned only if they are left unattended at the same location for in excess of 72 hours. Any such vehicle constitutes a public nuisance. Violation of this subsection shall subject the owner or keeper of such vehicle to a forfeiture as provided in this section. In addition, such vehicle may be impounded and sold as provided herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing to the contrary, a vehicle shall not be deemed abandoned if it is out of ordinary public view while situated on privately owned property.

(e) A vehicle shall not be considered junked or abandoned as provided in this section if: (1) it is kept in an enclosed building; (2) it is in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner authorized by the City; (3) it is kept in connection with an in the ordinary course of business of an automotive sales or repair business enterprise located in a properly zoned area. In addition, a vehicle shall not be considered abandoned if it is validly parked in a metered or paid parking lot or parking space where the required fee has been paid and

(f) Impounding and Sale. Any junked or abandoned vehicle found to be in violation of this section may be impounded and disposed of upon five (5) days written notice, as provided in Sec. 342.40 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and any other governing law. Notice shall be given by personal service or certified mail, return receipt requested. Except in the case of stolen vehicles, any cost incurred in the removal and sale of such vehicle shall be recovered from the owner of the vehicle. If the owner cannot be located after reasonable effort, the cost of removal and sale shall be charged to the property from which the vehicle is removed, and such charges may be entered as a special charge on the tax role. Any person who received a notice of vehicle impoundment and objects to all or any part thereof may appeal to the City Manager within 5 days of receipt of the notice of vehicle impoundment and objects to all or any part thereof may appeal to the City Manager within 5 days of receipt of the notice and the City Manager shall hear such appeal within 30 days of receipt of written notice of the appeal. After such hearing, the City Manager may reverse, affirm, or modify the Order or determination appealed from, and the grounds for his decision shall be state in writing. The City Manager shall, by certified letter, notify the party appealing the Order or determination of his/her decision within 10 days after the hearing has been concluded and file the written decision with the City Clerk. The notice of impoundment shall include a notice describing the right of appeal to the City Manager as described herein. No action to impound or sell a vehicle shall be taken if appeal is made as provided in this Section, until such time as a decision is made by the City Manager. The City elects not to be governed by Chapter 68 of the Wisconsin Statutes as to this appeal.

(g) PENALTIES. Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be liable for forfeiture in an amount not to exceed $25.00. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.

Chapter 5: Snowmobiles

 

Sec. 8-5-1 State Statutes Adopted

  Chapter 350, Wis. Stats., is hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this Chapter as if fully set forth herein.

Sec. 8-5-2 Definitions

  A "snowmobile" has the meaning of a motor vehicle as designated under Section 340.01(58)(a) and Section 3401.01(35) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Sec. 8-5-3 Operation In Parks

  No person may operate a snowmobile on property owned by the City, including but not limited to city parks, except upon snowmobile trails or in other areas designated by the City Council by Resolution. This Ordinance shall not prohibit any person from operating a snowmobile on the East or West Twin Rivers, and City owned boat launches may be used to access the rivers for such purpose.

Chapter 6: Skateboard Operations

 

Sec. 8-6-1 Definition

  As used herein, "operation" means to ride, project, propel, push, pull, kick, throw, jump or exercise a skateboard.

Sec. 8-6-2 Operation of Skateboard on Public Sidewalks

  The operator of a skateboard may, subject to this ordinance, ride or operate the same on public sidewalks in the City of Two Rivers except as follows:

(a) In the Business area lying between the North line between the West line of Adams Street and the East line of Jefferson Street, South to the Washington Street Bridge.

(b) In any Two Rivers municipal park, municipal tennis court, cemetery or public river front walkway.

(c) On any Two Rivers municipal parking lot or any municipal or state bridge.

Sec. 8-6-3 Yield to Pedestrians

  Where the riding of skateboards on public sidewalks and crosswalks is permitted, every person operating a skateboard upon the public sidewalk and crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall exercise due care when passing a pedestrian on the public sidewalk and crosswalk.

Sec. 8-6-4 Penalty

  Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of Sections 2 or 3, above, shall be found guilty thereof and shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Section 1-1-7.

Chapter 7: In-Line Skate Operation

 

Sec. 8-7-1 Definition

(a) "In-line skates" means skates with wheels arranged singly in a tandem line rather than in pairs.

(b) "Operation" means to ride, propel, push, be pulled, kick, jump, or exercise on in-line skates.

(c) "Roadway" means that portion of a highway between the regularly established curb lines or that portion which is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, excluding the term "berm" or "shoulder". In a divided highway the term "roadway" refers to each roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively. (NOTE: In the case of Memorial Drive, the roadway portion extends to the painted white line. The area to the right of the white line is shoulder and not roadway.)

Sec. 8-7-2 General Regulations for Use of In-Line Skates

(a) STATE LAW APPLICABLE. Every person using in-line skates upon a public roadway shall be subject to the provisions of all ordinances and state laws applicable to the operator of any vehicle, except those provisions of such ordinances and state laws with reference to equipment of vehicles and except those provisions which, by their nature, would have no application.

(b) SIDEWALKS OR WALKWAYS. Every person using in-line skates upon a sidewalk or walkway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall exercise due care when passing any other persons.

(c) IN-LINE SKATERS TO STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD. Every person using in-line skates on a public roadway shall keep as close to the right hand curb as possible, unless, the public roadway is a one-way street and on one way streets, every person using in-line skates shall keep as close to either the right hand curb or the left hand curb as possible.

(d) CLINGING TO MOVING VEHICLES PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person using in-line skates to cling to or attach to any bicycle or other moving vehicle upon a public roadway.

(e) ONE-WAY STREETS. Every person using in-line skates upon a one-way street shall proceed in the direction of the one-way traffic.

(f) OPERATING TWO ABREAST PROHIBITED. Every person when using in-line skates upon a public roadway shall proceed in single file only.

(g) YIELDING TO TRAFFIC. The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a user of in-line skates in the same manner as for bicycles and pedestrians under Section 346.23, 346.24, 346.37, and 348.38 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Every person when using in-line skates shall, upon entering a public roadway, yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles, except that a person using in-line skates shall be subject to the same regulations as bicyclists and pedestrians under Secs. 346.23, 348.24, 346.37, and 346.38 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

(h) LIGHTS. No person may operate in-line skates upon a roadway, sidewalk, or walkway during hours of darkness unless such operator is wearing a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front of said operator and wearing a lamp, exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear.

Sec. 8-7-3 Restriction on Operation of In-Line Skates on Public Sidewalks and Street

  The operator of in-line skates may, subject to this Ordinance, ride or operate the same on public sidewalks or streets in the City of Two Rivers, except in the business area lying between the north line of 22nd Street between the west line of Adams Street and the east line of Jefferson Street, south to the Washington Street Bridge. Notwithstanding the foregoing to the contrary, operators of in-line skates may ride or operate the same on the street or on the public sidewalk running along the street on the following streets:

(a) 17th Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street, for the purpose of traveling through such business area from east to west, or from west to east; and

(b) Washington Street sidewalks only, between the Washington Street bridge and East River Street; East River Street between Washington Street and Jefferson Street; and Jefferson Street between East River Street and 17th Street, for the purpose of traveling from areas south of the Washington Street bridge to areas east of Jefferson Street, and vice versa.

(c) 22nd Street, north side sidewalk only, for the purpose of traveling through such business area from east to west, or from west to east;

Sec. 8-7-4 Penalty

  Any person who shall violate any provision of this ordinance shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Sec. l-l-7 of this Code.

Chapter 8: Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

 

Sec. 8-8-1 Definition

  Neighborhood Electric Vehicle as used in this Chapter means a self-propelled motor vehicle that has successfully completed the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle America test program conducted by the Federal Department of Energy, and that conforms to the definition and requirements for low-speed vehicles as adopted by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for low-speed vehicles under 40 CFR 571.3(b) and 571.500. Neighborhood Electric Vehicle does not include a golf cart.

Sec. 8-8-2 Authorization

  Subject to the provisions of this Chapter, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles may be operated on City streets having a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Neighborhood Electric Vehicles shall be operated only by those persons duly licensed to operate such vehicles by the State of Wisconsin as required by applicable State Statutes and Regulations. Any Neighborhood Electric Vehicle operated within the City shall be duly registered with and titled by the State of Wisconsin as required by the applicable State Statutes and Regulations.

Sec. 8-8-3 Operation

  The operation of a Neighborhood Electric Vehicles as permitted by this Chapter shall in all respects be in compliance with all applicable ordinances of the City and Statutes and Regulations of the State of Wisconsin governing the operation of such vehicles.

Sec. 8-8-4 Operation On Connecting Highways Or Intersections, Crossing At A State Trunk Highway

  Neighborhood Electric Vehicles may not be operated on any portion of the State Trunk Network (marked STH route), except at the following locations: (1) STH 42, between 12th Street and 34th Street; (2) STH 147 between STH 42 and County VV and (3) STH 310 between Columbus Street and STH 42

Sec. 8-8-5 Penalty

  Any person who violates any provision of this Chapter shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $50. The City Council may modify such penalty at any time by a duly adopted resolution.