11.06.020 Rules, Regulations, and Requirements for Operation of Motorized Foot Scooters.
A. It is unlawful to operate a motorized foot scooter upon any sidewalk, walkway or public trail, or any other place where motorized vehicles are prohibited within the City of Snohomish. No person shall operate a motorized foot scooter on any city-owned property. No person shall operate a motorized foot scooter in any city park.
B. Motorized foot scooters may only be operated on streets that are a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. However, it is unlawful to operate motorized foot scooters on Avenue D.
C. Motorized foot scooters may not exceed the posted speed limit on a street and shall in all circumstances be operated at a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less.
D. Motorized foot scooters shall operate within a bicycle lane if a bicycle lane exists.
E. Any person operating a motorized foot scooter shall obey all rules of the road applicable to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as the instructions to official traffic signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer or construction flagger.
F. All Left Turns by the operator of a motorized scooter shall be made as a pedestrian, on foot, crossing the roadway in the crosswalk if one is available. To make a left turn, the operator of a motorized foot scooter shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and shall cross the roadway on foot, and shall be subject to the restrictions applicable to pedestrians.
G. Crossing an arterial street or street designated with a maximum speed limit greater than 25 miles per hour shall be as a pedestrian, on foot, crossing the roadway in the crosswalk if one is available. To cross an arterial or a street designated with a maximum speed limit greater than 25 miles per hour, the operator of a motorized foot scooter shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and shall cross the roadway on foot, subject to the restrictions applicable to pedestrians.
H. Motorized foot scooters may only be operated during daylight hours. It is unlawful to operate a motorized scooter after dark or during the hours of darkness as defined in RCW 46.37.020.
I. It is unlawful to operate a motorized foot scooter with any passenger other than the operator.
J. Age Requirements and Restrictions.
1. All persons age 16 and above shall be subject to rules and regulations of this chapter/ordinance.
2. All persons ages 12-15 may use a motorized foot scooter only under the direct visual supervision of a parent or guardian and subject to the rules and regulations of this chapter/ordinance.
3. All persons ages 11-0 are prohibited from using motorized foot scooters on any public way.
K. Parental Responsibility. It is unlawful for any parent, guardian or other person having control or custody of a minor child to allow said child to operate a motorized foot scooter in violation of this chapter. A parent or guardian is responsible for requiring that a child under the age of 16 years old wears an approved motorcycle helmet and has the neck or chin strap of the helmet securely fastened while operating a motorized foot scooter.
L. Motorized foot scooters shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order so as to prevent excessive or unusual noise. Use of any cutout, bypass, or similar muffler elimination device is prohibited and is unlawful.
M. The operator of a motorized foot scooter shall wear an approved motorcycle helmet. For purposes of this section, “motorcycle helmet” means a protective covering for the head consisting of a hard outer shell, padding adjacent to and inside the outer shell, and a neck or chin strap type retention system, with a sticker indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the United States Department of Transportation.