(a) In this section:
(1) BUFFER/FURNISHING/CURB ZONE means the areas between the curb and the sidewalk clear zone that provides separation and protection from moving vehicle traffic.
(2) CHILD means any individual younger than 17 years of age.
(3) ELECTRIC BICYCLE:
(A) has the meaning assigned by Section 664.001 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended;
(B) the term does not include:
(i) a motorized mobility device, as defined by Section 542.009 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended;
(ii) an electric personal assistive mobility device, as defined by Section 551.201 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended; or
(iii) a neighborhood electric vehicle, as defined by Section 551.301 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended.
(4) HELMET means a properly-fitted bicycle helmet that:
(A) is not structurally damaged; and
(B) conforms to current standards of the American National Standards Institute, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Snell Memorial Foundation, or any federal agency having regulatory jurisdiction over bicycle helmets.
(5) MOTOR ASSISTED SCOOTER has the meaning assigned by Section 551.351 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended.
(6) PARENT means a person who is the natural parent, adoptive parent, step-parent, court-appointed guardian or conservator of a child, or adult with care, custody, or control of a child.
(7) PASSENGER means any person riding upon or attached to a motor assisted scooter who is not the primary operator of the vehicle.
(8) PEDESTRIAN ZONE means the portion of the street that accommodates non-vehicular activity, it extends from the face of the building or edge of the property line to the face of the curb.
(9) SIDEWALK CLEAR ZONE means the portion of the pedestrian zone that is specifically reserved for pedestrian travel.
(10) SHARED DOCKLESS VEHICLE has the meaning assigned by Article X, "Shared Dockless Vehicle Operating Permit" of Chapter 43, "Streets and Sidewalks," of the Dallas City Code, as amended.
(11) SLOW RIDE ZONE means an area where shared dockless vehicles may not exceed 10 miles per hour or the speed limit otherwise posted.
(12) STATE FAIR GROUNDS means the area:
BEGINNING at the intersection of the southeast right-of-way of Parry Avenue and the T. & P. Railroad;
THENCE eastward along the south boundary of the T. & P. Railroad right-of-way to the beginning of a curve bearing to the right having a radius of 459.12 feet;
THENCE southeastward along said curve to the northwest right-of-way of Pennsylvania Avenue;
THENCE southwestward along the northwest right- of-way of Pennsylvania Avenue to its intersection with the northwesterly prolongation of the southwest right-of-way of Gaisford Street;
THENCE southeastward along the northwesterly prolongation and southwest right-of-way of Gaisford Street to the intersection with the northwest right-of-way of Fitzhugh Avenue;
THENCE southwestward along the northwest right- of-way of Fitzhugh Avenue to the northeast right-of-way of Robert B. Cullum Boulevard;
THENCE northwestward along the northeast right- of-way of Robert B. Cullum Boulevard to the intersection with the southeast right-of-way of Parry Avenue;
THENCE northeastward along the southeast right- of-way of Parry Avenue to the place of beginning.
(13) STATE FAIR OF TEXAS means the annual fall fair held at Fair Park.
(14) TRAIL means a pathway for pedestrian circulation, alternative transportation, and recreational uses that is designed and constructed in compliance with standards and specification adopted and maintained by the city.
(15) WEARING A HELMET means that a helmet is properly attached to a person's head with the chin straps of the helmet securely fastened and tightened.
(b) Every motor assisted scooter and electric bicycle must be equipped with a lamp on the front that emits a white light that is visible at a distance of not less than 500 feet and a red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of not less than 600 feet when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.
(c) The traffic engineer is authorized to designate zones where the operation of motor assisted scooters is prohibited and slow ride zones for motor assisted scooters and electric bicycles. Slow ride zones are in the areas where, in the professional judgment of the traffic engineer:
(1) congested pedestrian or non-motorized traffic is present;
(2) without a speed limit, a significant speed differential would exist between pedestrians or non-motorized traffic and motor assisted scooters and electric bicycles; and
(3) without a speed limit, the presence of motor assisted scooters and electric bicycles could endanger public safety.
(d) A rider shall comply with the requirements of this chapter imposed on a driver of a vehicle, except those by which their nature can have no application.
(e) A rider shall obey the instruction of traffic signals, signs, and other traffic-control devices as applicable to vehicles, unless directed by a peace officer.
(f) Unless a bike lane is specifically designated otherwise, a rider traveling in a bike lane may not travel in the opposite direction of adjacent motor vehicles in the roadway.
(g) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) operates or rides a motor assisted scooter on any sidewalk within the city;
(2) operates or rides a motor assisted scooter or an electric bicycle at a speed greater than:
(A) 20 miles per hour;
(B) the designated speed limit in a designated slow ride zone; or
(C) the posted speed limit on a public street or trail.
(3) operates or rides a motor assisted scooter on the state fair grounds during the State Fair of Texas;
(4) operates or rides a motor assisted scooter in a public park or public plaza;
(5) is a parent of a child and the parent knowingly permits, or by insufficient control allows, the child to operate or ride a motor assisted scooter on any sidewalk within the city;
(6) is a child and operates or rides a motor assisted scooter or electric bicycle without wearing a helmet while in the public right-of-way or in a public park or public plaza within the city;
(7) is a parent of a child and the parent knowingly permits, or by insufficient control allows, the child to operate or ride a motor assisted scooter or electric bicycle in the public right-of-way or in a public park or public plaza within the city when the child is not wearing a helmet;
(8) transports any passenger on a motor assisted scooter or electric bicycle while in the public right-of-way or public park or public plaza within the city, unless the device is equipped with a seat and a set of foot rests for the passenger;
(9) fails to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian while operating a motor assisted scooter or an electric bicycle;
(10) operates a motor assisted scooter on a trail where riding is prohibited or during the hours that riding is prohibited on the trail; or
(11) operates a motor assisted scooter or electric bicycle on public landscaping or art or on public amenities in a manner that is contrary to the intended use of the amenity.
(h) In the public right-of-way, a person shall park a motor assisted scooter or an electric bicycle in a standing upright position:
(1) on concrete or other non-porous surface;
(2) in a space designated by the city for the parking of motor assisted scooters or electric bicycles;
(3) in the pedestrian zone if it is fully contained in the buffer/furnishing/curb zone; or
(4) fastened to a bicycle rack in the right-of-way, if the device includes a locking mechanism.
(i) A person may not park a motor assisted scooter or electric bike:
(1) within 10 feet of an intersection or crosswalk, unless that area is a space designated by the city for the parking of motor assisted scooters or electric bicycles;
(2) on a roadway unless that area is a space designated by the city for the parking of motor assisted scooters or electric bicycles;
(3) on a sidewalk or public path in such a way as to obstruct traffic that prevents the free passage over any part of the sidewalk or public path, including in the sidewalk clear zone or pedestrian zone;
(4) along a blockface where the combined width of the sidewalk clear zone and buffer/furnishing/ curb zone is less than eight feet;
(5) in a space designated as a motor vehicle parking or loading space or between two designated vehicle parking spaces;
(6) within, against, or adjacent to a public transit shelter or public transit stop, in a manner which restricts the use of the shelter or stop by pedestrians who are waiting for public transportation;
(7) in a manner that obstructs fire suppression appurtenances, building entryways or exits, or vehicular driveways;
(8) on any private property without permission of the property owner; or
(9) in a public park or plaza unless that area is a space designated by the city for the parking of motor assisted scooters or electric bicycles.
(j) An offense under this section is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200. Except as specifically provided otherwise in this section, a culpable mental state is not required for the commission of an offense under this section.
(k) A peace officer has the authority to enforce Subsection (g) of this section and to issue citations. A parking enforcement officer has authority to enforce the provisions of this section and to issue citations for violations of this section including moving violations. (Ord. Nos. 30935; 31048; 31383; 31479; 32232)