Weird Kansas Bicycling Laws

Weird LawsSometimes, our laws just don't make a lot of sense. The following is an assortment of weird, strange, and head-scratching laws and statutes about bicycles within the state of Kansas.

Kansas – 8-1405: "Bicycle" defined
"Bicycle" means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, either of which is more than fourteen (14) inches in diameter.
Unicycles, tricycles and quad-cycles are not "bicycles" under Kansas law, apparently.
Kansas – 8-1592.c: Pedal Reflectors
No person shall sell a pedal for use on a bicycle, unless such pedal is equipped with a reflector of a type approved by the secretary of transportation which is visible from the front and rear of the bicycle to which it is attached during darkness from a distance of two hundred (200) feet, and no person shall sell a new bicycle, unless it is equipped with pedals meeting the requirements of this subsection.
It's illegal to sell a bicycle pedal without reflectors (or a new bicycle without pedal reflectors), but there's no requirement to actually to ride with the pedal reflectors.
Belleville, KS10.32.040: Riding rules and procedures
Every person riding a bicycle within the corporate limits of the city shall, at all times, ride the same on the right-hand side of the street, and shall not ride the same from one side of the street to the other except at the intersection of streets, and then only around and to the right of the marker there placed to designate such place of turning, or, where there is no marker, around and to the right of the center of such intersection, and every person riding such bicycle from one street into another shall ride the same around and to the right of such marker or, where there is no marker, around and to the right of the center of the intersection.
This 1923 law appears to prohibit bicycle u-turns. Not sure what a "marker to designate a place of turning" means...
Chanute, KS10.36.010: Riding double unlawful
It is unlawful for more than 1 person at a time to ride on a bicycle.
Tandem bicycles, bakfiets, and bike-mounted child carriers are against the law in Chanute, apparently.
Clay Center, KS14-206: Bicycle And Motorcycle Riding
No bicyclist or motorcyclist shall curve to and fro on his or her vehicle or ride without his or her hands on the handlebars.
Neither state law nor any other Kansas cities (that I'm aware of) have these particular prohibitions.
Derby, KS10.16.110 G3: Side reflectors required
Side reflectors, attached to both sides of the bicycle, which shall be of sufficient size and reflectivity to be visible in clear weather from both sides at all distances from one hundred feet to six hundred feet when directly in front of the lawful lower beams of the head lamps on a motor vehicle.
State law does not require side reflectors, nor do any other Kansas cities (that I'm aware of).
Garden City, KS86-64: Prohibited areas
No person shall ride a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon the grass or sidewalk, walking trail or jogging trail in the Finnup Park, A. Harold Long Park, Stevens Park, or Finney County Courthouse Square, nor upon or across the lawn of any private property in the city, nor on the grass or sidewalk around the swimming pool, nor in Deane Wiley Park.
Children cannot even ride a bicycle in their own yard...
Ottawa, KS8-109: Restrictions on riding of motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles.
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle, motorcycle or moped upon paths for pedestrians within City parks unless such person, upon meeting any pedestrian, shall stop such bicycle, motorcycle or moped and dismount until such pedestrian has passed and such person shall not again mount such bicycle, motorcycle or moped until entirely past such pedestrian.
Genuflecting is apparently optional...
Tonganoxie: Trail Is Not For Nighttime UseTonganoxie, KS – Trail Is Not For Nighttime Use
This sign is on the Chieftain Trail and reads "Trail Is Not For Nighttime Use". Apparently this is an advisory sign, and not a regulatory sign, and was erected because the "lighting on the trail did not meet KDOT requirements" (see story).
Note: Limited trail hours are not unusual, since many cities consider trails to be "parks", but this is an unusual sign...
Topeka, KS142-611d: Riding on sidewalks regulated.
No person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk shall exceed a speed of five miles per hour.
If you ride on a sidewalk in Topeka, you must go really, really slow.

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Last Update: January 9th, 2014