Bicycle and People Powered Vehicle Ordinance
The purpose of this ordinance is to promote pedestrian safety on all public walkways and sidewalks in the Town of Henniker, NH.

"Downtown Area" shall mean the area of Main St. (East) to Ramsdell Rd.; Route 114 (South) to Circle St.; Western Ave. (West) to Hall Ave.; Rush Rd. (North) to Rush Square; and Route 114 (North) to Prospect St.

  1. No person shall operate a bicycle or person powered vehicle on any sidewalk or walkway within the downtown area.

  1. In all other locations, bicycles and people powered vehicles shall yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

  1. Every bicycle operated upon any public way during darkness shall be suitably equipped with a front headlamp and rear reflector.

  1. No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with suitable pedal reflectors.

  1. No person shall operate any bicycle which is incapable of meeting the standard stopping distance of 25 feet at 10 mph on dry, level, clean pavement.

EXCEPTIONS

  1. Any vehicle designated for and operated by a person considered to be handicapped, and needed for the purpose of providing mobility to the individual.

  1. Tricycles operated by pre-school aged children under supervision of a responsible adult, stroller, carriages, and wagons used by individuals for carrying children or daily necessities.

  1. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and adult driven tricycles are permitted only when dismounted, or in the case of roller blades or roller skates, not being worn but under the control of the operator.

Penalty

  1. Any party violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation.

  1. Any person who violates any provision of this ordinance may have their bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades, or rollerskates impounded for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days.

  1. Any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance a second time in which their items are impounded may have to pay a fee of ten ($10.00) dollars to have the item returned.

4. A summons may be issued to those persons 16 years of age or older for any offense under this ordinance payable with a fine of up to fifty ($50.00) dollars.