Borough of Ephrata, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ephrata 6-8-1992 by Ord. No. 1219. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 277.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 305.
Zoning --See Ch. 319.

§ 265-1 Legislative intent.

The Borough Council recognizes that the use of skateboards, roller skates, street skates, scooters, pedalcycles and any other human-powered device or devices has become prevalent in the Borough. The use of these devices on public areas or alleys may constitute a danger to the public and the person using these devices. In order to lessen the hazards to the public health, safety and welfare, the Borough Council has determined to regulate the use of skateboards, roller skates, street skates, scooters, pedalcycles or any other type of device or devices that is propelled solely by human power in the Borough.

§ 265-2 Intent.

It is not the intent of this chapter to apply to baby strollers, wheelchairs or other nonrecreational human-powered devices.

§ 265-3 Word usage and definitions.

A. 
Word usage. In the interpretation of this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
COUNCIL
The Council of the Borough of Ephrata.
PEDALCYCLE
A device propelled solely by human-powered pedals.
ROLLER SKATES, STREET SKATES
A device having multiple sets of wheels affixed to shoes and used to glide over hard surfaces by an individual.
SCOOTER
A child's vehicle consisting of a narrow board mounted on two wheels tandem and guided by a handle attached to the front wheel. The child stands with one foot on the board and pushes the device with the other foot.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between curblines or the lateral lines of a roadway and the adjacent property lines intended for use by pedestrians.
SKATEBOARD
A device consisting of a flat surface constructed of wood, metal, plastic, fiberglass or other similar material with two or more wheels affixed to the underside and which is used by a person for coasting and guided by the distribution of the weight of the user.
STREET or TRAFFICWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for vehicular travel.

§ 265-4 Operational regulations; ramps.

A. 
No person shall ride upon or utilize in any manner upon the streets, alleys and trafficways in the Borough of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, or on any property owned, leased, managed or under the control of the Borough of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, any skateboard, roller skates, street skates, scooters or any other human-powered device other than pedalcycles except to cross the street at appropriately designated areas or crosswalks in compliance with signalization or right-of-way.
B. 
No person shall erect, construct or place any type of ramp designed for use with skateboards, roller skates, street skates, scooters, pedalcycles or any other human-powered devices onto the streets, alleys and trafficways in the Borough of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, or on any property owned, leased, managed or under the control of the Borough of Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
C. 
No person other than police officers during the course of performing their official duties shall ride or use skateboards, roller skates, street skates, scooters, pedalcycles or other human-powered devices on any sidewalks in the following areas as determined by the Ephrata Borough Council:
[Amended 5-11-1998 by Ord. No. 1310]
(1) 
Central Business District (CBD), including the Retail Overlay District (ROD), as defined in the Zoning Ordinance of Ephrata Borough or on the Official Zoning Map of the Borough.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 319, Zoning.
D. 
No person shall ride a skateboard or use roller skates, street skates, scooters or pedalcycles on any sidewalk located within the boundary lines of the Borough of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, in a reckless manner. No person shall ride a skateboard, roller skates, street skates, scooters or pedalcycles on any sidewalk without exercising due care for the safety of other persons using the sidewalk and shall always give way to pedestrian traffic. It shall be unlawful for any person to leave a skateboard, roller skates, street skates, scooter or pedalcycle upon a sidewalk in such a manner as to obstruct pedestrian traffic.
E. 
No person shall operate a skateboard, roller skates, street skates, scooter or pedalcycles or other human-powered devices on any private property or private parking lot without the express consent of the owner or a responsible agent for such owner of the private property.

§ 265-5 Violations and penalties; impoundment.

[Amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 1279; 3-11-2013 by Ord. No. 1491]
A. 
Unless otherwise provided for by law, no police officer shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device which is used in violation of this chapter.
B. 
For each violation of the provisions of this chapter, any person who commits, takes part in, or assists in any such violation shall upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each offense, together with the costs of prosecution and to serve a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Each day or portion thereof in which a violation exists shall be considered a separate violation of this chapter, and each article and section of each article that is violated shall be considered a separate violation.