Chapter 10.36


10.36.010    Traffic engineer to establish marked crosswalks.

10.36.020    When pedestrians must use crosswalks.

10.36.030    Special pedestrian traffic signals.

10.36.040    Remaining on median strips and roundabouts.

10.36.041    Use of rollerskates, skateboards, coasters and similar devices restricted.


(a)    The city traffic engineer shall establish, designate and maintain crosswalks at intersections and other places by appropriate devices, marks or lines upon the surface of the roadway as follows:

Crosswalks shall be established and maintained at all intersections within the central traffic district and at such intersections outside such district, and at other places within or outside said district where the city traffic engineer determines that there is particular hazard to pedestrians crossing the roadway subject to the limitation contained in subsection (b) of this section.

(b)    Other than crosswalks at intersections, no crosswalk shall be established in any block which is less than four hundred feet in length and such crosswalk shall be located as nearly as practicable at mid-block.

(c)    The city traffic engineer may place signs at or adjacent to an intersection in respect to any crosswalk directing that pedestrians shall not cross in the crosswalk so indicated.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3246).


No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than by a crosswalk in the central traffic district or in any business district.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3246.1).


Pedestrians shall obey the indication of special traffic signals installed for pedestrians only and shall disregard the indication of a vehicular traffic signal at any location where special pedestrian traffic signals are in place.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3246.2).


(a)    Purpose. The city council finds that when persons remain on public medians and roundabouts in the city for purposes other than the purpose of assisting pedestrians to safely cross the street, including using the medians and roundabouts for, among other purposes, disorderly conduct, solicitation of money, solicitation of prostitution, consumption of alcoholic beverages, or other activity not related to crossing the street, they obstruct traffic and distract drivers, thereby threatening both their own safety and the safety of the community. This regulation is therefore necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

(b)    Definitions. For the purposes of this section, “remain” means using a median or roundabout for a purpose other than assistance in crossing the street including the purposes of disorderly conduct, solicitation of money, solicitation of prostitution, consumption of alcoholic beverages, or other activity not related to crossing the street. When intersections that contain roundabouts also contain crosswalks that connect the intersection’s streets, “remain” shall also include using the roundabout for street-crossing purposes. For purposes of this section, “median strip” means a raised nonlandscaped, paved, planted, or otherwise landscaped strip of ground dividing a street, roadway or highway into lanes according to the direction of travel. These traffic fixtures are also referred to as median islands, chokers, curb bulb outs, diverter islands, traffic calming devices and traffic circles. “Roundabout” means a raised circular shaped, nonlandscaped, paved, planted, or otherwise landscaped piece of ground located within the intersection of two or more streets, roadways or highways around which vehicular traffic streams for the purpose of continuing through the intersection or moving from one of the intersection’s streets onto another of the intersection’s streets. The roundabout fixture includes the roundabout median, splitter islands and truck aprons.

(c)    Remaining on Medians and Roundabouts Prohibited. It is unlawful for any individual to remain on a median or roundabout within a street, roadway or highway located in the city. This section shall not apply to public employees, employees of public utilities or employees of public contractors when it is necessary for them to be upon a median strip or roundabout in connection with their employment duties.

(d)    Subsequent Offense within Six Months. Any person who violates this section and is cited for such a violation, and who within six months after receiving such a citation again violates this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person is cited for a violation when he or she is issued and signs an infraction or misdemeanor citation, or when he or she is arrested and booked, or when a complaint is filed and the person is notified of the filing of such a complaint.

(Ord. 2013-07 § 1, 2013).


No persons upon rollerskates, riding in or on, or by means of any skateboard, coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, shall go upon any roadway, or upon the sidewalk in the following restricted areas: Pacific Avenue Mall, the Municipal Wharf, business districts and any park except where signs have been posted permitting such activity.

(Ord. 86-43 § 1, 1986: Ord. 85-72 § 3, 1986: Ord. 79-17 § 2, 1979).