An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 127 (Bicyclists) and Chapter 126 (Traffic) of the City Code (Bicycle Safety; Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities) (Ordinance No. ORD-10-01)
Attached for your approval are Ordinance Amendments intended to update and modernize City Codes addressing non-motorized transportation issues. These amendments are offered to maintain consistency with Michigan Compiled Law. The support for these amendments is found in 2006, when Senate Bill 1224 was enacted, revising several sections of Chapter 257 of the Michigan Compiled Law, and Act 300 of 1949, VI - Operation of Bicycles, Motorcycles, and Toy Vehicles. Many of these updates were in response to state legislators’ new understanding of bicycle safety, and as a step toward promoting educated coexistence between motorists and cyclists in the roadway.
There are four attachments to this file. The first attachment contains the final amendments as presented for second reading. The second attachment includes one new section, Section 1. This new language amends Section 10:160 of Chapter 127 providing clear direction to the location of provisions regarding the rights and duties of bicyclists. Attachment 3 shows the ordinance as originally presented at first reading. The language is presented in strikethrough format. Attachment 4 contains the relevant provisions of the Michigan Vehicle Code that govern these areas. They are organized to relate to this proposed action, therefore, they are not in numerical sequence.
The first amendment is to section 10:160 of Chapter 127. It provides clear reference to the applicable provisions regarding rights and duties of bicyclists as found in the Michigan Vehicle Code (MVC). It also advises the public the MVC is available for inspection at the City Clerk’s Office.
The second amendment removes section 10:145 of Chapter 126 and all sections (Sections 10:164 through 10:173) of Chapter 127 of the City Code. These amendments addr...Click here for full text