Get Out Of The Street

Are you in control of a vehicle, or are you considered a pedestrian?

If you’re on a skateboard or a kick scooter, the answer is the latter.

According to City of Warren Police Department Community Service Officer Brandon Deppen, those on skateboards and kick scooters are considered pedestrians and must obey the same laws.

That means, in most cases, they shouldn’t be ridden on the street.

“It is not legal for anyone who is riding a skateboard or kick scooter to be on the street,” Deppen said on Friday. “They are not considered a vehicle like a car or a bicycle.”

Despite all being human-propelled forms of transportation, bicycles follow different regulations than skateboards and scooters as they are considered vehicles, like automobiles.

“A bicycle must follow the same rules as a vehicle,” Deppen said. “The skateboard is treated the same as a pedestrian in regards to traffic.”

That means, unless otherwise prohibited, they must be used on the sidewalk.

They can cross the roadway at intersections with crosswalks and enjoy the same right-of-way privileges as pedestrians. If they opt to cross anywhere other than a crosswalk, they must yield to all vehicles on the roadway.

“When crossing the street, they must follow the same regulations as pedestrians,” Deppen noted.

However, skateboards and kick scooters are not always treated as pedestrians. When they interact with actual pedestrians, it serves as an exception. In those instances, they must yield the right-of-way to actual pedestrians.

In the city, skateboards and kick scooters are completely prohibited in the downtown business district encompassing Pennsylvania Avenue from Poplar Street to South Street, Hickory Street, Liberty Street, Market Stret from Pennsylvania Avenue to Third Avenue, and Third Avenue from Market Street to Hickory Street.