Chapter 12.24


12.24.010    Purpose.

12.24.020    Definitions.

12.24.030    Prohibitions.

12.24.040    Designation of areas of private property.

12.24.050    Exemptions.

12.24.010 Purpose.

The city council finds the operation of bicycles, skateboards and similar nonmotorized vehicles upon certain public property and upon private property used for public purposes to be hazardous to pedestrians, motorists and the riders of the above-listed vehicles. (Ord. 87-8 § 1 (part), 1987)

12.24.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:

“Motorized skateboard” means the same as a skateboard in all respects except that it is designed to be or can be self-propelled by motorized power.

“Private roads and parking lots” means those privately owned and maintained roads and parking lots which are generally open to the public for purposes of vehicular traffic to serve commercial establishments.

“Skateboard” means a vehicle, device or conveyance with any number of wheels, with a riding surface of any design, and specifically includes roller skates, upon which a person may place one or more feet, and which is designed to be or can be propelled by a human, and which is not classified as a bicycle. (Ord. 87-8 § 1 (part), 1987)

12.24.030 Prohibitions.

A.    In any area designated by resolution of the city council, it is unlawful to ride a bicycle or to ride or propel a skateboard or other similar nonmotorized vehicle on any sidewalk, street, park, shopping center, private road or parking lot or other place open to the public.

B.    It is unlawful, while riding any bicycle, skateboard or roller skates for any person to attach the same or himself to any moving vehicle upon any roadway in the city or within any area designated in subsection A of this section, and no person driving any vehicle shall permit same to be done.

C.    It is unlawful for any person, while riding a bicycle or skateboard upon a sidewalk or other public place, to fail to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. (Ord. 87-8 § 1 (part), 1987)

12.24.040 Designation of areas of private property.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to areas or private property until the following have occurred:

A.    The owner or operator has requested the city council to so designate the area for applicability.

B.    The owner or operator of each commercial establishment has caused to be posted in a conspicuous place, a notice made of or painted upon solid, permanent material, not less than seventeen by twenty-two inches in size, or larger than twenty-four by thirty inches, with lettering not less than one inch in height to the effect that riding bicycles and/or skateboards (as applicable) is prohibited. (Ord. 87-8 § 1 (part), 1987)

12.24.050 Exemptions.

This chapter shall not apply to the following:

A.    Wheelchairs and other similar vehicles for the transportation of the handicapped, baby carriages and strollers for transportation of young persons, and handcarts and other similar vehicles used for the delivery of personal property or used in construction are excluded from this prohibition.

B.    Any person who has obtained an authorization or a permit from the parks and recreation director or director of public safety. (Ord. 87-8 § 1 (part), 1987)