Code of The County of Fairfax, Virginia

Chapter 82 Motor Vehicles and Traffic

Section 82-1-14. Persons riding bicycles or animals or driving animals subject to provisions of Chapter.

Every person riding a bicycle or an animal upon a roadway and every person driving any animal thereon shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter and shall have all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, unless the context of the provision clearly indicates otherwise. (3-13-63; 1961 Code, S 16-14; 26-81-82.)

Section 82-1-23. Persons operating and riding upon motorcycles or bicycles.

A person operating a motorcycle or bicycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached to such vehicle, and such operator shall not carry any other person, and no other person shall ride on such vehicle unless it is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the seat of the operator. (3-13-63; 1961 Code, S 16-23.)

Section 82-4-31. Riding bicycles without using handlebars.

No person shall ride a bicycle upon any street without having his hands upon the handle bars. ((3-13-63; 1961 Code, S 16-90.)

Section 82-6-43. Lamps on bicycles.

Every bicycle, when in use between sunset and sunrise, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible in clear weather from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Superintendent which shall be visible from all distances in clear weather from fifty (50) feet to three hundred (300) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible in clear weather from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in lieu of or in addition to the red reflector. (3-13-63; 1961 Code, S 16-178.)

Section 82-6-38.1. Use of a protective helmet while operating a bicycle.

Any person under the age of fifteen years of age shall wear a protective helmet that meets the standards promulgated by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation while riding or being carried on a bicycle on any highway, sidewalk, or public bicycle path. The term “highway” has the meaning set forth in Code of Virginia, Section 46.2-100. Any person who violates this section shall be punishable by a fine of twenty-five (25) dollars. However, such a fine shall be suspended for first-time violators and for violators who, subsequent to the violation but prior to imposition of the fine, purchase helmets of the type required by this section.

A violation of this section shall not constitute negligence, assumption of risk, be considered in mitigation of damages of whatever nature, be admissible in evidence, or be the subject of comment by counsel in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of operation of any bicycle, nor shall anything in this section change any existing law, rule, or procedure pertaining to any civil action. (18-95-82, S 1.)

Section 82-9-6. Playing on streets or highways; roller skates, toys or devices on wheels or runners; use of motor powered vehicles on sidewalks and other posted property; persons riding bicycles, etc

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to play in or on a street or highway, other than upon the sidewalks thereof.

  2. It shall be unlawful for any person to use on a street or highway roller skates, toys or other devices on wheels or runners, except that any bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped may be operated on a street or highway in accordance with Virginia Code Section 46.2-905.

  3. It shall further be unlawful for any person to ride (1) a bicycle or other similar such wheeled, rider-propelled device, (2) an electric personal assistive mobility device, or (3) an electric power-assisted bicycle on sidewalks where such activity has been prohibited. Signs indicating such prohibition shall be conspicuously posted in general areas where the riding of such devices is prohibited; provided, that this Section shall not be deemed to prohibit the ordinary use of devices for the assistance of the physically handicapped or bicycles and similar rider-propelled devices used by police officers in furtherance of their duties.

  4. For purposes of this Section, the term “sidewalk” shall be deemed to include any privately owned system of defined pedestrian ways, when the owner thereof shall have requested in writing that the governing body treat such private pedestrian ways as sidewalks for purposes of this Section, and such owner posts notice of that fact at typical points of access from the public right-of-way to such privately owned systems of pedestrian ways. Such owner may request such treatment with respect to some or all of the devices prohibited by this Section, and notices required hereby shall describe the devices prohibited on such privately owned system of walkways.

  5. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit the designation of play areas for sledding and other activities under the provisions of Section 82-5-5. (3-13-63; 5-26-71; 1-10-71; 1961 Code, S 16-226; 16-73-16; 17-74-16; 28-74-16; 37-76-82; 9-78-82; 34-78-82; 35-89-82; 35-02-82.)

Chapter 98 Traffic and Vehicles

Sec. 98-9. Riding bicycles without using handlebars.

No person shall ride a bicycle upon any street without having his hands upon the handlebars.

(Code 1978, S 13-14)

Sec. 98-15. Vehicles on sidewalks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or drive any vehicle, including bicycles and motorcycles, on the sidewalks of the city; provided that the city reserves the right to authorize the riding of bicycles upon the sidewalks in certain areas the city may designate as bicycle routes.

(Code 1978, S 13-20)

Cross references: Streets, sidewalks and other public places, ch. 82.

State law references: Riding or driving vehicles other than bicycles on sidewalks, Code of Virginia, S 46.2-903; operation of bicycles on sidewalks and crosswalks, Code of Virginia, S 46.2-904.

Sec. 98-17. Playing on highways; roller skates, skate boards, toys, or other devices on wheels or runners; persons riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, mopeds etc., not to attach to vehicles; exception.

  1. No person shall play on a highway, other than on the sidewalks thereof, within the city. No person shall use roller skates, skateboards, toys, or other devices on wheels or runners, except bicycles, electric personal assistive devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, motorized skateboards or scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles, on highways where play is prohibited.

  2. No person riding on any bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, roller skates, skateboards, motorized skateboards or scooters, toys, or other devices on wheels or runners, shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle on a roadway.

(Code 1978, S 13-24; Ord. No. 2002-6, 1-22-2002; Ord. No. 2006-09, 10-30-2006)

State law references: Play on highway, skating, Code of Virginia, S 46.2-932.

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