Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 85.
§ 76-1Legislative findings and declaration of purpose.
§ 76-3General standard of care.
§ 76-4Helmet required.
§ 76-5Operation at night.
§ 76-6Standing, storage or parking of skateboards.
§ 76-7Responsibility of parent or guardian.
§ 76-8Penalties for offenses.
The Village Board finds that skateboarding, in-line skating and roller skating poses a special safety hazard which must be addressed and that, therefore, appropriate regulation thereof is necessary to promote the safety of skaters, pedestrians, motor vehicle operators and other persons utilizing roadways and sidewalks within the village. Accordingly, the Village Board declares this chapter to be necessary for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare and to be in the public interest.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- IN-LINE SKATES
- Manufactured or assembled devices consisting of a shoe boot with a bladelike runner approximately three to four inches in thickness mounted or permanently attached thereto in a frame across the length of such shoe boot, with such bladelike runner containing three, four or five wheels designed to minimize friction with any surface with which they come in contact and which are aligned along the length of the runner in more or less a straight line, and used to skate or glide, by means of human foot and leg power.
- ROLLER SKATES
- Manufactured or assembled devices each consisting of a frame or shoe having clamps or straps or both for fastening, with a pair of small wheels near the toe and another pair at the heel mounting or permanently attached thereto, for skating or gliding, by means of human foot and leg power.
- Manufactured or assembled device consisting of a narrow board of wood, plastic, fiberglass or similar material with roller skate or other type of wheels attached to each end, without a mechanism or other device for steering, and used to skate or glide, by means of human foot and leg power.
No person shall use or operate a skateboard, in-line skates or roller skates upon any public streets (including the entire paved and improved surfaces thereof and gutter areas, from curb to curb, where curbs exist), sidewalks, curbs, railings, steps, ramps or other public property within the village:
In a careless or aggressive manner without due caution;
While endangering, or in any manner creating a risk or danger to, any person or property;
In a manner which impedes or interferes with pedestrian or vehicular traffic;
Without yielding the right-of-way to all pedestrians and giving an audible signal when overtaking and passing any pedestrian;
Within six feet of any business or commercial structure, except for purposes of ingress or egress thereto;
Other than in strict observance of those provisions of Article 34 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law relating to the operation of bicycles and in-line skates, except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application; or
Except in strict compliance with other duly enacted laws, rules or regulations.
No person, one or more years of age and less than 16 years of age, shall skate or glide on a skateboard, roller skates or in-line skates unless such person is wearing a helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (Ansi Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standards) or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for use in bicycling. For the purposes of this section, "wearing a helmet" means having a helmet of good fit fastened securely on the head with the helmet straps.
No person shall operate a skateboard, roller skates or in-line skates outside during the period of time between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise unless such person is wearing an outer jacket or other clothing made of laminated or reflective material and which is of a light or bright color.
No person shall stand, park or otherwise place in a position of temporary storage a skateboard upon a highway, street, sidewalk or against any building abutting a sidewalk in such a manner that shall obstruct or render injury to a pedestrian or interfere with vehicular traffic.
The parent or guardian of a minor child shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall pay a civil fine not to exceed $50.