Is your brake government approved?
In this account of a bicyclist contesting a ticket for not having a brake on her bike the judge found that a fixed gear bike does not constitute a brake. This is sad.
Deifning what is or isn't a brake by it being "A lever, a caliper or a coaster brake hub" shows great lack of creativity but also lack of basic knowledge of how bikes work and what constitutes a lever. A bike pedal is on the end of a piece of metal. Which makes it a lever. So the bike pedal is attached to a lever that can be used to stop the bike.
The judge's claim that the woman's legs might not be strong enough to stop the bike or that she may have a leg muscle spasm is equally ignorant. The same problems could be identified with a hand brake - which requires a non-spasming hand of a certain level of strength.
Indeed it's an especially sad day to me because the legislature's definitions was
"A bicycle must be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement. strong enough to skid tire."
Which seems to show that the legislature was willing to be creative in how there definition of brake was applied.