West Haven City Council passes bike ordinance

- FILE - West Haven Police cruiser (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of West Haven has passed an ordinance aimed at “curbing reckless and dangerous operation” of bicycles, according to police.

The ordinance states, “No person shall operate a bicycle without due regard for the safety and rights of pedestrians and drivers and occupants of other vehicles as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person while in the lawful use of streets or sidewalks or any public or private property without exercising reasonable and ordinary control over such bicycle by trick riding, or weaving, or zigzag course unless such irregular course is necessary for safe operation in compliance with the law.”

Related Content: Watertown Police to add bicycle patrol units

According to the ordinance, if a minor under the age of 18 violates the new law, West Haven Police reserve the right to impound the bicycle. There will be a storage charge of $25.00 per day for each impounded bicycle. If the bicycle is not claimed after 30 days, it will become property of the City of West Haven.

The penalty for violating the ordinance will be a fee of $100.00.

The law also applies to motorized bicycles.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s