Chapter 56.90


56.90.010    Purpose and intent.

56.90.020    Definitions.

56.90.030    General prohibition.

56.90.040    EPAMD safety regulations.

56.90.050    Penalties for violation.

56.90.010 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect public health, safety and welfare by prohibiting the use and operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices (“EPAMD”), as defined in California Vehicle Code Section 313 (as the same may be amended from time to time), along Orange Avenue extending from Eighth Street to Avenida de las Arenas in the City of Coronado. The unregulated use and operation of EPAMDs within City limits jeopardizes public health and safety because such operation puts pedestrians at risk of being injured or being forced off public sidewalks, walkways and pathways to avoid injury. (Ord. 1998 § 2, 2008)

56.90.020 Definitions.

A. “City” means the City of Coronado.

B. “Electric personal assistive mobility device” or “EPAMD” means a self-balancing, non-tandem, two-wheeled device, that is not greater than 20 inches deep and 25 inches wide and can turn in place, designed to transport only one person, with an electric propulsion system averaging less than 750 watts (one horsepower), the maximum speed of which, when powered solely by a propulsion system on a paved level surface, is no more than 12.5 miles per hour, as defined in Section 313 of the California Vehicle Code.

C. “EPAMD operator” or “person operating an EPAMD” shall mean any person who owns, leases, rents or uses an electric personal assistive mobility device for their personal, recreational or business use. (Ord. 1998 § 2, 2008)

56.90.030 General prohibition.

A. An EPAMD may only be operated in the City of Coronado in accordance with this chapter.

B. It shall be unlawful to operate an EPAMD on any sidewalk, walkway, or pathway located along Orange Avenue extending from Eighth Street to Avenida de las Arenas, and along Ocean Boulevard adjacent to Coronado Beach.

C. No person shall operate an EPAMD for their personal, recreational or business use within the City limits in violation of California Vehicle Code Sections 21281.5 and 21282, respectively.

D. No person shall operate an EPAMD upon any public beach within the Coronado City limits.

E. No person shall operate an EPAMD upon any public street within the Coronado City limits unless crossing an intersection.

F. These prohibitions shall not apply:

1. Where EPAMD is being operated as part of any activity or event for which a permit allowing such devices has been issued by the City of Coronado; or

2. Use of EPAMD by any governmental agency, public utility or the U.S. Postal Service; or

3. City employees conducting City business on City equipment including, but not limited to, public safety officers; or

4. To any disabled person (as defined by California Vehicle Code Section 295.5(a)(c)) who displays a state-issued disabled card. (Ord. 1998 § 2, 2008)

56.90.040 EPAMD safety regulations.

The following safety criteria are established for operators of EPAMD in the City and are minimum criteria set and adopted by the City Council:

A. Any person operating an EPAMD must weigh no less than 100 pounds (as recommended by the manufacturer);

B. Any person operating an EPAMD, who is under the age of 18 years, must wear a safety helmet which meets the specifications of Vehicle Code Section 21212;

C. Any person operating an EPAMD must yield the right-of-way to walking pedestrians on any sidewalk or crosswalk upon which it is lawful to operate EPAMD, and shall operate EPAMDs in a single-file line when encountering pedestrians or others occupying sidewalks and crosswalks;

D. Any person operating an EPAMD must obey all traffic and pedestrian control signals and signs;

E. EPAMDs may only be operated on sidewalks, bike paths, pathways, trails, and parks within the City’s limits except as prohibited in CMC 56.90.030; and

F. Any person operating an EPAMD is permitted to cross Orange Avenue only at controlled intersections. (Ord. 1998 § 2, 2008)

56.90.050 Penalties for violation.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an infraction. Notwithstanding CMC 1.08.050(A), any person convicted of an infraction shall be punished by a fine as follows: for the first offense by a warning or a fine of not more than $50.00; and for a second offense and each additional offense thereafter, occurring within one year of the first offense, by fines of not more than $100.00. (Ord. 1998 § 2, 2008)