Bicycle Registration Program
Register your bicycle with the Bozeman Police Department online!
Report An Abandoned Bicycle
The Bozeman Police Department routinely receives reports of bicycles that have been abandoned on private property, public property, or left tied to a bicycle rack for an extended period of time.
We have dedicated volunteers who will pick these bicycles up and attempt to locate the original owner. Please be aware they will be picked up as soon as possible, but there is not always a volunteer on duty who can respond immediately.
City Bicycle Rules (Municipal Codes)
Learn more about the laws regarding bicycles by clicking on the drop down menus below!
- It is a violation of this article for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this article.
- The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this article.
- These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in this article.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.010)
(Code 1982, § 10.48.090)
- Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
- Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.100)
- A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
- No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.110)
- Every person operating a bicycle upon a street or roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
- Persons riding bicycles upon a street or roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
- Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a street or roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the street or roadway.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.120)
No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.130)
The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.140)
No person riding upon any bicycle shall attach the same or himself/herself to any vehicle upon a street or roadway.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.150)
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.160)
No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb, or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle, or against a building, or at the curb, in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic. No person shall park a bicycle against a glass window at any time.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.170)
- No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk within the main business district.
- No person over the age of 15 years shall ride any bicycle upon any sidewalk within the city.
- Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian, and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.180)
- Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 200 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible from all distances from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible form a distance of 300 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.
- Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.190)
Every person, firm or corporation convicted of violation of any of the provisions of this article shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $300.00 or by imprisonment in the city or county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, except in the case of violation by minors under the age of 18 years. In case of violation by any minor, or by any other person, a police officer is given the authority and power to remove and detain the license plate of such person's bicycle for a period not exceeding 30 days, or to take possession of and impound such person's bicycle so operated by the violator at the time of such violation, for a period not exceeding 30 days, or by any combination thereof, or such minor may be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the state governing juvenile delinquents.
(Code 1982, § 10.48.200)
Unclaimed Bicycle Donations
Each year, the Bozeman Police Department collects over 100 bicycles from within the City limits. Some are observed and picked up by patrol officers, some are reported as being abandoned on people's property, and some are left chained to the bicycle racks in the downtown area. Although our volunteers make every effort to identify an owner, many are never reported lost or stolen and, therefore, unable to be matched with their owner.
In the spring, in keeping with our mission of developing community partnerships and service to our citizens, any unclaimed bicycles are donated to charitable organizations such as HRDC and The Bike Kitchen.