Charlotte City Code - Bicycles (selected sections) Traffic and Streets Applications

 Sec 14-1. Definitions.
Vehicle. Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a street or highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary tracks; provided that, for the purposes of this chapter bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those that by their nature can have no application.

Sec. 14-102. Riding on the handle bars prohibited.
The operator of a motorcycle or bicycle when upon a street shall not carry any other person upon the handle bars, frame or tank of any such vehicle, nor shall any person so ride upon any vehicle.

Sec. 14-103. Brakes required.
It shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle on a street, alley, sidewalk or public highway of the City, unless it is equipped with a braking system in sufficient working order to control and stop the movement of the bicycle.

Sec. 14-104. Lamps required if used at night.
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least three hundred (300) feet to the front, and with a reflex mirror or lamp on the rear exhibiting a light visible under like conditions from a distance of two hundred (200) feet to the rear.

Sec 14-107. Pedicabs. 
(Note: this section addresses the use of pedicabs, defining them as devices with three or more wheels, pedaled by one individual, and used for transporting passengers on seats or a platform. Since the code doesn't have a wide application, it will not be quoted here except to note that a paragraph does state that "It shall be unlawful to operate a pedicab upon public sidewalks in the city." It is stressed that bicycles may be operated on sidewalks in the city except where expressly prohibited by posted signs.)

Sec. 15-134. Traffic.  No person shall:
(9) Ride a bicycle on other than the right-hand side of a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose; or fail to keep in single file when two (2) or more bicycles are operating in a group. A bicyclist shall be permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or on any paved area for pedestrian use
(10) Ride any person over the age of six (6) years on a single passenger bicycle in any park; 
(11) Leave a bicycle unattended in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available;
 (12) Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, or set against trees, or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it; 
 (13) Ride a bicycle on any road between thirty (30) minutes after sunset and thirty (30) minutes before sunrise without an attached headlight plainly visible at least two hundred (200) feet from the front, and with a red tail light or red reflector plainly visible from at least one hundred (100) feet from the rear of such bicycle.

Sec. 17-16. Bicycle riding, walking restricted.
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle or any other vehicle or to walk along the right-of-way of any railroad tracks at any time within the City.