The Sheridan Police Department is asking residents to adhere to City Ordinance 16-57.
This ordinance informs the public that – Every person operating a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller skates, or roller blades upon the sidewalks, alleys or street of the city shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians; and upon entering a street shall yield the right-of-way to all approaching vehicles. –
The ordinance goes on to list the boundaries of the DSA Downtown Area in Sheridan.
SPD Captain Tom Ringley asked patrons of the area to please adhere to the ordinance during an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse.
Ringley told listeners in an effort to keep the area attractive there is no signage in the area informing the public of the ordinance, but the ordinance is still in place.
According to Ringley, the department felt the need to address the issue publicly because many officers report witnessing too many riders of these devices going too fast on the sidewalk, creating an unsafe environment for those conducting business or visiting the area.
This ordinance does not restrict the use of devices used by those with a mobility impairment, such as wheel-chairs or other mobility aids, but devices used in recreation, fitness, sport and transportation.
Such devices can be ridden on the street as long as the operator obeys traffic laws and rides in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
To see the full ordinance, click here, you will find Ordinance 16-57 under Chapter 16, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC.