Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21155 on 11/21/2011, Section 14-5 read as follows.


    (a)    No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, skateboard , toy vehicle  or similar device shall go upon any roadway, alley or sidewalk within boundaries defined as follows: on both sides of the streets outlined in the special business district and extending from Fifth Street eastward,  or public parking lots and garages within the boundaries of the Central Business District.

    (b)    No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, skateboard, toy vehicle or similar device shall go upon any arterial or collector street within the city limits.  

    ( b c )    Wherever the use of roller skates, coasters, skateboards , toy vehicles  or similar device upon a street, sidewalk or alley is not prohibited, the person using such device shall be granted all the rights and be subject to all the duties applicable to pedestrians bicyclists including the duty to obey all traffic control devices and signs.  

    (c)    Every person using roller skates, skateboards, coasters or similar devices upon any sidewalk or public path shall use the device in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed no greater than is reasonable under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of sidewalk or public path, and condition of surface.  Every person using these devices upon a sidewalk or public path shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and shall not otherwise endanger or interfere with normal pedestrian traffic.

    (d)    All persons who use roller skates, skateboards, coasters or similar devices on any road, street or alley shall:

    (1)    Stay as far to the right of the road, street or alley as possible, except when necessary to make a left hand turn;

    (2)    Operate the device with the flow of traffic;

    (3)    Operate the device in a careful and prudent manner;

    (4)    Wear reflective clothing including, at a minimum, the attachment of a rear-facing red reflector on the back of the person, at least two (2) square inches in reflective surface area, which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lower beams of vehicle headlights at six hundred (600) feet during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise;

    (5)    Be equipped with a front-facing lamp on the front of the person or carried by the rider which shall emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at five hundred (500) feet during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.

(Code 1964, § 12.085; Ord. No. 11836, § 1, 4-4-88, Ord. No. 14126 § 1, 7-5-94)

     State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 300.090.