Ordinance No. 10-15

Introduced: July 8, 2010
Public Hearing: August 26, 2010
Status: Adopted

An ordinance to create Chapter 160 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller skates

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon as follows:

Section 1. The Code of the Township of Vernon is amended to create Chapter 160 as follows:

Chapter 160

Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller skates.

160-1. Definitions.

For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the definitions provided for herein:

PUBLIC ACCESS WAY: All sidewalks and parking lots for any private business establishment, including but not limited to, shopping centers, stores, offices or any other places of business.

BICYCLE: A vehicle with two wheels propelled solely by human power and having pedals, handlebars and a saddle-like seat. The term shall include a bicycle for two or more persons having seats and corresponding sets of pedals arranged in tandem.

MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT: Any and all parking lots owned or controlled by the Township of Vernon or any agency thereof.

ROLLER SKATES: A device or devices worn on the feet with a set of wheels attached, regardless of the number or placement of those wheels and used to glide or propel the user over the ground.

SCOOTER: A vehicle with wheels propelled solely by human power without pedals and having handlebars or other steering component.

SKATEBOARD: A platform or board with roller-skate wheels or other similar wheels affixed to the underside, designed to be ridden by a person or persons, which has no steering device or mechanism to steer or control the direction thereof while being used or ridden, even though the direction may be controlled to some degree by shifting the feet or weight of the rider during such use.

160-2. Operation prohibited. No person shall use, operate or ride any skateboard, scooters, roller skate or bicycle in any municipal parking lot or in any public access way as defined herein. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the use of bicycles as a means of transportation to or from any municipal parking lot or any public access way, as defined herein, nor shall this chapter be construed to prohibit the walking or parking of bicycles by the operator thereof within any municipal parking lot or in any public access way, as defined herein.

160-3. Enforcement. The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by any Township Police Officer and by any owner or tenant of any business establishment with a parking lot or sidewalk or municipal parking lot to which the public is invited; provided, however, that the provisions of this chapter shall not be enforceable on any private or municipal property until such time as the owner or tenant thereof conspicuously posts a sign stating that the use of skateboards, roller skates or bicycles on this property is prohibited by Ordinance #10-15.

Section 2. Severability: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application of this Ordinance to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Ordinance shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 3. Effective Date: This Ordinance shall take effect after publication and passage according to law.