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Skateboards and Scooters
Berks County > Municipalities > Sinking Spring Borough > Sinking Spring Police Department

 

Ordinance 2005-530 regulates the use of skateboards and scooters and other similar non-motorized or motorized objects on the public streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks of the Borough of Sinking Spring. The regulations are as follows:

Ordinance 2005-530

SECTION I.

A. Prohibition
1. Skateboards, scooters and other similar non-motorized or motorized objects are not to be operated on public streets.  Immediately upon the enactment of this Ordinance, it shall be illegal for anyone to operate skateboards, scooters or other similar non-motorized or motorized objects on the public streets, public alleys and public parks within the Borough of Sinking Spring.

2. Additionally, it shall be illegal for anyone to operate scooters or other similar non-motorized or motorized objects on the public sidewalks within the Borough of Sinking Spring.

B. Exceptions
1. It shall not be a violation of this Ordinance for a person, with a mobility-related disability, to operate a human-propelled wheelchair or self-propelled wheelchair on public streets, public alleys and public parks within the Borough of Sinking Spring.

2. It shall not be a violation of this Ordinance for a person, with a mobility-related disability, to operate an electrical mobility device on public streets, public alleys and public parks within the Borough of Sinking Spring.

C. Violation

Any individual violating the provisions of this Ordinance shall be subject to a minimum fine of $25.00 and a maximum fine of $300.00 for each and every offense.

In addition to these regulations the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued opinions in regards to the use of motorized scooters, skateboards, and small motorcycle type devices, which are becoming popular among young people. It is their opinion that NONE of these motorized devices can be used on public streets unless the vehicles are titled, registered, insured and the operator has a driver's license. In addition, they are illegal to be operated on sidewalks as per the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.

For further information regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opinion click here .

NOTE: This ordinance was not intended to include bicycles which are covered by the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Section 3501-3513, which governs the operation of pedacycles on streets and sidewalks. To read those regulations click here .

Also, the edited version of this ordinance which appeared in the Spring 2005 Borough Newsletter was EDITED INCORRECTLY. Skateboards may be ridden on sidewalks. It is not illegal.