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Borough of West Grove, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Grove 5-5-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 346.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
That portion of the Borough of West Grove consisting of the following streets: West Evergreen Street, East Evergreen Street, Exchange Place, Prospect Avenue, Walnut Street, Railroad Avenue, and the 100 block of Rosehill Avenue.
Skateboards, scooters, roller skates, and other human-powered vehicles other than bicycles.
No person shall operate a skateboard within 20 feet of a pedestrian.
No person shall fail to maintain full control over a skateboard.
No person shall ride a skateboard at an unsafe speed or in a reckless manner (that is, with careless disregard for the safety of other persons or property).
No person shall operate a skateboard while holding on to another vehicle (including but not limited to a bicycle or another skateboard).
No skateboard ramp shall be constructed, used or maintained on any street or sidewalk.
No person shall operate a skateboard on streets in the downtown area.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
No person shall operate a skateboard between sunset and sunrise.
At any other time when, due to insufficient light, or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons are not clearly discernible from a distance of 100 feet.
A person engaged in skateboarding shall obey the instructions of a police officer or other appropriately attired person authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic.
A person engaged in skateboarding shall obey traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided under Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Sections 3111 (relating to obedience to traffic control devices) and Section 3113 (relating to pedestrian control signals).[1]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 3111 and 3113, respectively.
The person engaged in skateboarding shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and may not overtake or pass a pedestrian while riding upon or propelling the skateboard. The operator of such skateboard shall dismount from the skateboard and shall pass or overtake the pedestrian on foot, or wait until the pedestrian passes, prior to remounting the skateboard.
No person engaged in skateboarding shall suddenly leave a curb, sidewalk, berm of street or any other place of safety and ride upon or propel any skateboard into or toward the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute a hazard. Where there are no pedalcycle lanes, persons engaged in skateboarding upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right of the roadway as practical, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
No person shall place a ramp, half-pipe or other structure used for skateboarding in a public thoroughfare, street, upon a sidewalk or municipal parking lot within the Borough of West Grove.
Skateboards shall not be operated on private property without permission from the owner or other person in charge of the premises.
Enforcement. This chapter shall be enforceable by police officers of the Borough of West Grove.
Fine. The penalty for violation of this chapter shall be a $15 fine to be enforced through the citation procedure in the same manner as Vehicle Code violations.
Impoundment option. At the police officers's option, an offender may be offered an opportunity to avoid a fine or ticket by the offender agreeing to the skateboard used in the offense being impounded by the police officer. If the skateboard is impounded, it may be picked up at the West Grove Police Station by the offender, and if the offender is under age 18, by his parent or guardian, after reviewing this chapter, and skateboard safety recommendations.
Disposal. If an impounded skateboard has not been removed from impoundment, as set forth in Subsection C, within 60 days from the date of offense, then the skateboard shall be disposed of as are abandoned bicycles.