Operating Policies and Procedures:

  • Vehicle operation 
    • Every team bike shall be operated in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local traffic laws, and in a manner so as to assure the safety of persons and property. (SEE TRAFFIC LAWS SECTION)
    • Every team bike driver shall meet and maintain the following requirements:
    • Possess a valid driver license from their home state. Those with out-of-state driver licenses must not have a currently cancelled, revoked or suspended driver license in the state where the team bike is being operated.
    • Be a minimum of eighteen (18) years old.
    • Shall not have had more than three (3) moving violations in the last three (3) years and no more than two (2) moving violations in the last year.
    • Shall not have been convicted of careless or reckless driving or any violation of driving while impaired within the past three years.
  • Hours of operation.
    • Hours of operation shall be from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 am.  Upon the approval of a written request made to the governing body for the jurisdiction in which operation will take place, the prohibitions of hours of operation may be waived for special events.
  • Operating restrictions and conditions.
    • No team bike driver shall consume any alcoholic beverages while on duty or operate a team bike while impaired in any manner to any threshold.
    • All team bikes shall be clean and maintained in a good state of repair. All team bikes shall be maintained by the team bike business so as to be well painted and have an appearance free of damage or deterioration, and a safe operational condition. Team bikes shall be, at all reasonable times, subject to inspection by state and local authorities or the police department.
    • All team bikes shall have the trade name and contact information of the licensee conspicuously displayed on the team bike.
    • No team bike is permitted to serve or allow the consumption of alcohol while on the team bike at this time.
    • Team bike drivers shall have in their possession proof of insurance, valid state driver’s license and shall operate the team bike in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local traffic laws, ordinances, or other applicable regulations and in a manner so as to assure the safety of persons and property. These documents shall be made available upon request of law enforcement, an authorized city license inspector or traffic control agent.
    • All team bike drivers shall obey and comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer, traffic control agent, or license inspector, and shall refrain from the use of any profane language or from interference with such officials while in the performance of their duties.
    • No team bike driver shall permit more passengers to be carried on a team bike than the team bike’s normal seating capacity and no more than two (2) persons in addition to the driver may be in the center aisle while a vehicle is in motion.
    • No team bike driver shall allow a passenger or other individuals to drive their team bike.
    • No glassware of any kind shall be allowed on a team bike including but not limited to bottles, receptacles or drinking glasses.
    • No music or amplified sound shall be played, nor yelling or conversation be conducted, in such a manner that the sound of which carries to points of habitation or adjacent properties and is audible above the level of conversational speech at a distance of fifty (50) feet or more from the point of origin of the sound.
    • No alcoholic beverages may be consumed by passengers of a team bike.
    • It is the responsibility of the team bike driver to properly dispose of all trash.
    • No team bike driver shall load or unload in any such manner that will in any way impede or interfere with the orderly flow of traffic on the streets.
    • It is the responsibility of the team bike driver to actively and affirmatively manage the behavior of the passengers of the team bike so that their behavior remains law-abiding during the tour, both while the team bike is in motion and at a stop. Behavior which shall be prohibited and prevented includes specifically but is not limited to, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, public urination, and littering.
  • Insurance required.
    • The company proposes to carry general liability insurance in the minimum amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00).
  • TRAFFIC LAWS
    • Team bike operators have to obey traffic laws.

      Every person driving/riding a team bike on a highway shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles, except as otherwise expressly provided in the chapter, and except for those duties imposed which, by their nature, can have no reasonable application to the team bike operator.

    • No person shall operate a team bike except in obedience to the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs, and other control devices applicable to vehicles unless otherwise directed by a police officer or other person authorized to direct and control traffic.

    • Team bike operators must ride with traffic. Wrong way riding is the cause of many crashes.

    • A team bike operator in a crosswalk has all the rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, though team bike operators must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. At un-signalized crossings, team bike operators must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway. At signalized crosswalks, team bike operators must yield the right-of-way.

    • A team bike operator may not overtake and pass other vehicles on the left or right side while staying in the same lane as the other vehicle, they must change to a different lane as able and necessary to pass with safety.

Paragraph (c) in this section states,

      • If a lane is partially occupied by vehicles that are stopped, standing, or parked in that lane, a team bike operator may ride in that or in the next adjacent lane used by vehicles proceeding in the same direction.

      • As of June 1st, 2008, bikes are no longer required to be registered in the District and you cannot be pulled over for having an unregistered bike. For security reasons, WABA still recommends registering your bike with the National Bike Registry. More information can be found at www.nationalbikeregistry.com.

No team bike operator shall use a mobile telephone or other electronic devices while operating a moving motor vehicle unless the telephone or device is equipped with a hands-free accessory.

Note that the previous code usually refers to motor vehicles, which are defined as “all vehicles propelled by internal- combustion engines, electricity, or steam.” The cell phone ban does not apply when dialing police or emergency services.

      • It shall be unlawful for any person under 16 years of age to operate or to be a passenger on a team bike on a public roadway, public bicycle path or other rights-of-way, unless that person wears a protective helmet of good fit, fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet.

It’s the law for children AND it makes good safety sense for everyone.

      • Each team bike shall be equipped with a brake which enables the operator to cause the braked wheels to stop immediately using the brake pedal.

      • Each team bike, when in use at night, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a steady or flashing white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500 ft.) to the front and with at least two red reflectors on the rear which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet (50 ft.) to three hundred feet (300 ft.) to the rear when directly in front of upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. “A lamp emitting a steady or flashing red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet (500 ft.) to the rear may be used in lieu of the red reflector.”

      • Each team bike shall be equipped with turn signals visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500 ft.) to the front and at least five hundred feet (500 ft.) to the rear.

        Each team bike shall be equipped with a horn or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet.

If an injury occurs in a traffic crash, don’t ride away or shake off what seems like a minor injury—you might find later that it’s worse than you thought. Instead:

        • Call the police at 911. If needed, get medical help immediately.
        • Get the following information from every vehicle: driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, make of car, insurance company name, and policy number.
        • Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
          Get the name and badge number of the police officer
        • Get the police report number from police on the scene.
        • Write down how the crash happened while it’s fresh in your memory.
        • Keep (or photograph) any damaged clothes or equipment.

Also, if you’re a victim:

        • Don’t get mad at the scene. Keep a level head so you can ask questions and take notes.
        • If injured, don’t move unless you’re sure you won’t hurt yourself more.

GET THE FOLLOWING INFO:

        • Driver’s Name:
        • Driver’s License #:
        • Address:
        • Phone:
        • Make of Car:
        • License Plate #: Insurance Company:
        • Policy #:

WITNESSES:

        • Name:
        • Phone:
        • Name:
        • Phone:

POLICE:

        • Name:
        • Badge #:
        • Police Report #: