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Portland Skate Plan DRAFT

Portland Skate Plan DRAFT

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The citywide skate helmet law and other rule changes head to city council on September 5, 2012
The citywide skate helmet law and other rule changes head to city council on September 5, 2012

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ORDINANCE No.
Amend Code to prohibit the use of skateboards or other similardevices in the neighborhoods surrounding Washington Park betweenhours of 10 P.M. and 7 A.M. (Ordinance; amend Code Section16.70.410)
Section 1. Council Finds:1.
 
On December 27, 2000, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 175211,prohibiting the use of 
in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any sidewalk within aspecified bounded area;
2.
 
In recent years, skateboard traffic has increased, especially the WashingtonPark neighborhood as a consequence of its unique position between theWashington Park MAX station and the Goose Hollow MAX station, whichallows skateboarders to use the MAX as a shuttle to perform repeated high‐speed runs through the neighborhood;3.
 
Skateboarders use neighborhood streets as a venue for an extreme thrillsport, and not as a means of transportation for which the streets weredesigned;4.
 
Many skateboarders who use such streets frequently violate traffic laws bystaging races, running stop signs, veering into the oncoming lane, speeding,failing to wear lights and reflectors and/or safety helmets and padding, andfailing to yield to pedestrians;
 NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:Section 16.70.410 of the City Code is amended as follows:A. No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power, not including bicycles asdefined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any sidewalk within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Naito Parkway, NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue. The middleand bisecting sidewalks in the Park Blocks are considered sidewalks for the purposes of this subsection. The penalty for failing to follow the rules of this subsection shall be amaximum fine of $25.B. No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power not including bicycles asdefined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any street, roadway or sidewalk on 1.
 
SW 5th or 6th Avenues between SW Lincoln and Burnside; , and on 2. NW 5th or 6thAvenues between Burnside and Union Station. The penalty for failing to follow the rulesof this subsection shall be a maximum fine of $25.C.
 
 No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power, not including bicycles asdefined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any street, roadway or sidewalk betweenthe hours of 10 P.M. and 7 A.M. on 1. SW Fairview Boulevard between SW KnightsBoulevard and SW Kingston Avenue; 2. SW Kingston Avenue between SW Tichner Drive and the Washington Park entrance; 3. SW Tichner Drive between SW KingstonAvenue and SW Marconi Avenue; 4. SW Marconi Avenue; 5. SW Park Place betweenSW Marconi Avenue and SW Wright Avenue; 6. SW Lafayette Place; 7. SW HampshireStreet between SW Lafayette Place and SW Champlain Drive; 8. SW Champlain Drive between SW Hampshire Street and SW Rutland Terrace; 9. SW Rutland Terrace; and 10.West Burnside Street from Skyline Boulevard to SW Vista Avenue.D. All persons under 16 years of age shall wear protective headgear when using roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices poweredexclusively by human power, not including bicycles as defined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any street, sidewalk, or bridge. The penalty for failure to wear protectiveheadgear as required in this subsection shall be a maximum fine of $25.E. All persons using roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power, not including bicycles as defined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any street or sidewalk between the hours of sunset and sunrise must be equipped with and use lighting equipment that shows a whitelight visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of the device.F. All persons using roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power, not including bicycles asdefined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, upon any street or sidewalk between thehours of sunset and sunrise must be equipped with and use lighting equipment that has ared reflector or lighting device or material of such size or characteristic and so mounted,carried or worn as to be visible from all distances up to 600 feet to the rear when directlyin front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle. The penalty for failingto follow the rules of this subsection shall be a maximum fine of $25.G. H. The penalty for failing to follow the rules of Subsections A. - F. shall be aminimum fine of $115.H. Persons using roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon, not including bicycles asdefined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code, any street, sidewalk or premises open to the public shall be subject to the provisions applicable to and shall have the same rights andduties as the driver of a bicycle as provided by the Oregon Vehicle Code, except when
 
those provisions by their very nature can have no application. The penalty for failing tofollow the rules of this subsection shall be a maximum fine of $25.I. Use of Skateboards.(1) Upright position. Persons riding on skateboards shall do so only in theupright, standing position. Riding on a skateboard in a sitting, prone, or kneeling position is prohibited.(2) Single-file. No person shall ride a skateboard on any street along side another  person riding a skateboard, bicycle or motor vehicle, unless overtaking and passing such skateboard, bicycle or motor vehicle.(3) Yielding to traffic in the same direction. Persons riding on skateboards on public streets shall ride close to the far-right edge of the street, and shall yield tovehicles approaching from the rear by moving to the right curb or shoulder of thestreet.(4) Manner of operation. No person shall operate a skateboard recklessly or insuch a manner or at such a speed as to cause or threaten to cause injury to himself or herself or to others, to create an obstruction or to present a hazard to the freeuse of public property by pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorists.(5) Attaching to or towing by vehicle. A person operating a skateboard shall notattach the same or himself or herself to any motor vehicle on the roadway. Inaddition, a person shall not knowingly drive a motor vehicle that is towing a person riding upon a skateboard.(6) Racing. No person shall engage in, or cause others to engage in, a skateboardrace or competitive event upon the streets, sidewalks or any other public property,except as authorized by a permit issued by the appropriate city bureau.J. The penalty for failing to follow the rules of Subsection H and I shall be a maximumfine of $250.K. I. A copy of a citation issued for violation of this Section by persons under 16 yearsof age shall be mailed to the parents or guardians of the cited person at their homeaddress, if known.L
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The Council directs the Bureau of Transportation and the Police Bureau to submit areport to City Council, by December 31, 2013, with an assessment of compliance withthis ordinance.M
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This Section does not apply to bicycles as defined by Section 16.90.025 of this Code.

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