Chapter 10.32   SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES, COASTERS, IN-LINE SKATES, MOTORIZED FOOT SCOOTERS AND SIMILAR DEVICES*

Sections:


10.32.010   Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:

"Coasters" means a pairs of shoes, mounted upon two sets of wheels, and controlled by an upright steering handle. This devise is propelled by the user in usually an upright position.

"In-line skates" means a pair of shoes or boots, mounted upon three or more sets of wheels located one behind the other under the attached shoe or boot, and is most often propelled by the user in an upright, standing position.

"Motorized foot scooter" or similar device is defined as a device with two or more ten-inch or smaller diameter wheels that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor that is capable of propelling the devise with or without human propulsion. It is provided, however, that the regulations of this chapter shall not apply to any vehicle used by a disabled person as defined by RCW 46.16.381.

"Roller skates" means a pair of shoes, mounted upon two sets of wheels, and is most often propelled by the user in an upright, standing position or kneeling.

"Skateboard" means a footboard mounted upon four or more wheels and is usually propelled by the user who sometimes stands, sits, kneels or lays upon the devise while it is in motion.

(Ord. 784 § 3, 2005)

10.32.020   Duty to obey traffic control devised and rules of the road.

A.

Any person operating a skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device shall obey all rules of the road applicable to vehicle or pedestrian traffic, as well as the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

B.

It shall be unlawful to operate a motorized foot scooter or similar device other than as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway.

C.

When preparing for a left turn, the operator shall stop and dismount as close as practical to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and complete the turn by crossing the roadway on foot, subject to the restrictions placed on pedestrians in Chapter 46.61 RCW.

(Ord. 784 § 4, 2005)

10.32.030   Certain uses prohibited.

A.

No skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device shall be ridden or operated in a negligent or unsafe manner but shall be operated with reasonable regard for the safety of the operator and other persons. For the purposes hereof, to "operate in a negligent manner" means the operation of a motorized foot scooter or similar device in such a manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property. Examples of operating in a negligent manner include, but are not limited to, failure to obey all traffic control devices, failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrians and/or vehicular traffic. Operation of a motorized foot scooter in excess of a posted speed limit shall be prima facie evidence of operation in a manner likely to endanger any person or property.

B.

No skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device shall be operated between the times of sunset to sunrise.

C.

No skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device shall be operated with any passengers in addition to the operator.

D.

No skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device shall be operated without the operator wearing a properly fitted helmet that meets or exceeds safety standards adopted by Standard Z-90, set by the American National Standards Institute. The helmet must be worn over the head and be equipped with either a neck or chin strap that must be fastened securely while the motorized scooter is in motion.

E.

No motorized foot scooter with an internal combustion engine shall be operated without a muffler in good working order.

F.

No motorized foot scooter shall be operated on a city bicycle path or trail, unless the path has been posted to allow use by a motorized foot scooter.

(Ord. 784 § 5, 2005)

10.32.040   Prohibited areas.

It is unlawful for any person to operate or ride upon a skateboard, roller skates, coaster, in-line skates, motorized foot scooter or similar device in any of the following areas:

A.

On Lawson Street, Railroad Ave., Morgan Street, Roberts Drive and Baker Street;

B.

In city parks, unless designated for such use;

C.

On sidewalks within the city limits;

D.

On any city street with a posted maximum speed limit greater than twenty-five miles per hour.

(Ord. 784 § 6, 2005)

10.32.050   Additional requirements—Motorized foot scooters.

A.

No motorized foot scooter or similar device shall be operated on streets or other public areas not otherwise prohibited by this section to motorized foot scooters unless the operator is at least sixteen years of age. No operator's license is required from the department of licensing to operate a motorized foot scooter.

B.

Every motorized foot scooter shall be equipped with mirrors on the left side and right side of the handlebars which shall be so located as to give the driver a complete view of the roadway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of the scooter.

C.

Every motorized foot scooter shall be equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

(Ord. 784 § 7, 2005)

10.32.060   Parental responsibilities.

It is unlawful for a parent or guardian to allow a child to operate a motorized foot scooter in violation of this chapter. For violations by people under sixteen years of age, the parent or guardian will be held responsible.

(Ord. 784 § 8, 2005)

10.32.070   Penalties.

A.

Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a traffic infraction and shall be punished by the imposition of a monetary penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars, exclusive of statutory assessments, provided, conduct that constitutes a criminal traffic offense may be charged as such and is subject to the maximum penalties allowed for such offenses. Community service hours may be imposed in lieu of a monetary penalty.

B.

Police may seize the motorized foot scooter after any violation. After adjudication of the case the court shall determine the release conditions of the device.

(Ord. 784 § 9, 2005)