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Legislation #: 140777 Introduction Date: 9/11/2014
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHARP, CIRCO, TAYLOR, REED AND CURLS
Title: Amending Chapter 50, Article VI, Offenses Against Public Safety, by enacting a new Section 50-205 which will prohibit certain acts against bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair operators.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
9/11/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/11/2014 Referred to Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee
9/24/2014 Advance and Do Pass as a Committee Substitute, Debate
9/24/2014 Advance and Do Pass as a Committee Substitute, Debate
9/25/2014 Councilmember Ford (Second by Davis) Move to Amend
9/25/2014 Councilmember Sharp (Second by Johnson) Move To Re-refer
9/25/2014 Re-Referred Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee
10/1/2014 Advance and Do Pass Second Substitute as Amended, Debate
10/2/2014 Passed as Second Substitute as Amended

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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 140777, AS AMENDED

 

Amending Chapter 50, Article VI, Offenses Against Public Safety, by enacting a new Section 50-205 which will prohibit certain acts against bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair operators.

WHEREAS, Kansas City wants to encourage modes of transportation other than motor vehicles; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desirable to create a healthy, safe environment in Kansas City for all people; and

 

WHEREAS, harassment of bicyclists, pedestrians (including those walking with a guide dog or a white cane), and wheelchair operators increases the hazards already posed to these persons operating on our City streets; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That Chapter 50, Article VI, Offenses Against Public Safety, is hereby amended by enacting a new Section 50-205, Harassment of a Bicyclist, Pedestrian or Wheelchair Operator, to read as follows:

Sec. 50-205. Harassment of a Bicyclist, Pedestrian or Wheelchair Operator

(a)    The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them below, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

 

Bicycle means any device upon which a person may ride, which is propelled by human power through a system of belts, chains, or gears, and may include an electric assist motor, and has wheels at least 16 inches in diameter and a frame size of at least 13 inches.

 

Wheelchair means any manual or motorized device designed specifically for use by a person with a physical disability for means of conveyance.

 

(b)   No person shall, for the purpose of intimidating or injuring any person riding a bicycle, walking, running, or operating a wheelchair or for the purpose of intimidating or injuring such person’s service animal:

 

(1)               Throw an object, direct a projectile, or operate a vehicle at or in such person’s direction or at or in the direction of such person’s service animal; or

 

(2)               Threaten such person; or

 

(3)               Sound a horn, shout or otherwise direct loud or unusual sounds toward such person or toward such person’s service animal; or

 

(4)               Place such person in apprehension of immediate physical injury; or

 

(5)               Engage in conduct that creates a risk of death or serious physical injury to such person or such person’s service animal.

 

(c)    Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be punished for that violation by a fine of not less than $50.00, but not more than $500.00 or by imprisonment of not more than 180 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Katherine Chandler

Assistant City Attorney