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Old 07-20-14, 11:00 AM   #1
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So I just found out that road riding is illegal here..

"It is unlawful for any person upon roller skates or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device to go upon any roadway in accordance with any and all provisions of law."
"The purpose of this Chapter is to require a continuous unobstructed pathway, trail, and sidewalk network to provide for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the community. "

Bike riding on the sidewalk is encouraged, but illegal on the streets. Well at least there are a lot of sidewalks..

Edit: I was informed that this does not include bicycles, however it was only an assumption. Could this be true? I really doubt it because there is zero mention of bicycles anywhere else in the municode. Other cities that specifically state bike riding is only allowed in the streets have a full set of guidelines for street riding.

Edit 2: Disregard this post. Misunderstood the law.

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Old 07-20-14, 12:38 PM   #2
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Might want to check with your attorney on this one, I think you analysis of the law (and lack of a citation) is flawed.
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The law was clearly intended for the class of vehicles described, ie. skates and scooters (and similar), which doesn't include bicycles, which are specifically regulated in the state law.

It's an attempt to define this category in the spectrum between motor vehicles and pedestrians, and is more concerned with playing in traffic than in transportation.
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Old 07-20-14, 01:23 PM   #4
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"It is unlawful for any person upon roller skates or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard or similar device to go upon any roadway in accordance with any and all provisions of law."
"The purpose of this Chapter is to require a continuous unobstructed pathway, trail, and sidewalk network to provide for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the community. "

Bike riding on the sidewalk is encouraged, but illegal on the streets. Well at least there are a lot of sidewalks..

Edit: I was informed that this does not include bicycles, however it was only an assumption. Could this be true? I really doubt it because there is zero mention of bicycles anywhere else in the municode. Other cities that specifically state bike riding is only allowed in the streets have a full set of guidelines for street riding.
Seeing that you're posting from California, the municipal code is not what matters, bicycles are allowed on streets by state law, the municipal code cannot override that.

If the municipal code is entirely silent on bicycles, then you may bicycle in the street subject only to the rules set out in the CVC.

Some cities have additional rules on the books, many of which have no legal force because they attempt to override the Legislature on an issue subject to state supremacy.

You might want to check out CABO » Bicyclists and California Law (2010)
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Old 07-20-14, 02:12 PM   #5
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Seeing that you're posting from California, the municipal code is not what matters, bicycles are allowed on streets by state law, the municipal code cannot override that.

If the municipal code is entirely silent on bicycles, then you may bicycle in the street subject only to the rules set out in the CVC.

Some cities have additional rules on the books, many of which have no legal force because they attempt to override the Legislature on an issue subject to state supremacy.

You might want to check out CABO » Bicyclists and California Law (2010)
Thanks for clearing this up. I feel pretty silly to have posted this now.
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Old 07-20-14, 10:43 PM   #6
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My state draws a distinction between "bicycle" and "toy bicycle". Maybe "toy vehicle" is defined in your state.

291C-1:

"Toy bicycle" means every device propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels, which has a seat height of not more than twenty-five inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position; or a scooter or similar device regardless of seat height.

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