Monday, July 13, 2009

Parking a Bike Downtown Illegal?

It appears it just might be. While doing some research for an another post I came across the Jacksonville ordnance posted below.

Sec. 804.907. Parking.
No person shall stand or park a bicycle on a sidewalk within a business district. Violation of this Section shall constitute a class A offense.
(Ord. 68-82-59, § 136; Ord. 70-650-526; Ord. 71-397-181; Ord. 83-591-400, § 1)
Note: Former § 312.907

It also looks to be that this ordnance might also be a left over from a long gone era in Jacksonville history. I'm told by Councilman Don Redman who is currently looking into the validity of the ordnance that it is perhaps a leftover from as far back as the 1950's or 60's when downtown was bustling. The majority of all the city's ordinances governing bicycle regulations have been truncated to reflect those set by the State of Florida. The other hint that this is a long lost and forgotten ordnance. The large abundance of bike racks found throughout downtown.

Just incase you are wondering what the penalty is for this heinous criminal act is.

Sec. 804.911. Penalties.
Every person not a juvenile, as this term is defined by the laws of the state, found guilty of a violation of a provision of this Part shall be punished, if not otherwise provided, by a fine of not more than $25 or by the impounding of the person's bicycle for a period not to exceed 90 days. Where a minor person is in violation of a provision of this Part, the Sheriff shall immediately impound the bicycle and hold it until such time as the court having jurisdiction may determine.

1 comment:

nichos said...

And who says jax isn't bike friendly?