CHAPTER XI. PUBLIC OFFENSESCHAPTER XI. PUBLIC OFFENSES\ARTICLE 3. ROLLER SKATES, STREET SKATES AND SKATEBOARDS

No person shall roller skate or ride a skateboard anywhere in the city without complying with the terms of this article. As used herein to roller skate shall mean to skate on any type of roller skates, street skates, in-line roller blades or similar skates.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 1; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

No person shall roller skate or ride a skateboard on any roadway or in the bike lane of any roadway:

(a)   Having a grade of six percent or more;

(b)   Where the volume or speed of the vehicular traffic or the width of the roadway renders the roadway unsafe or unsuitable for skateboarding;

(c)   Bordering a bike path or sidewalk where skateboarding is not prohibited; or

(d)   In the downtown business district, which is defined as 83rd Street from Peoria to Shawnee Street.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 2; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

No person shall roller skate or ride a skateboard on any street except for the purpose of crossing the street. The rules relating to pedestrians crossing streets shall apply to persons crossing a street on roller skates or a skateboard. No person crossing a street on roller skates or a skateboard shall travel too fast for safety under the conditions existing.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 3; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

No person shall roller skate or ride a skateboard in a reckless manner on any public sidewalk. No person shall ride a skateboard or roller skate on a sidewalk without exercising due care for the safety of other persons using the sidewalk. The use of roller skates or skateboards shall be prohibited upon any sidewalk in the downtown business district, which is defined as any sidewalk adjoining and parallel to 83rd Street from Peoria to Shawnee Street. Skateboarding shall be permitted on bike paths and all other sidewalks within this city.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 4; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

The city clerk is authorized to cause official traffic-control devices to be erected on those roadways where skateboarding is prohibited.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 5; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

Notwithstanding their status as pedestrians, skateboard operators on sidewalks and bike paths shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicular and to all other pedestrian (non-skateboard) traffic upon the sidewalk or bike path. Skateboard operators on roadways or bike lanes shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to non-skateboard pedestrians.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 6; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

Skateboard operators shall wear protective coverings for their hands, knees, elbows and heads when operating a skateboard and shall not operate a skateboard while barefoot.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 7; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)

No more than one person shall operate or ride on a skateboard at one time.

(Ord. 720, Sec. 8; Ord. 2070, Sec. 1)