Parking on a Sidewalk

Question

Joel asked: I live in Fort Lauderdale and own an old Puch moped (not a scooter) from the 70s with pedals and that is 50cc or less. I have recently been fined for parking on the sidewalk. Am I in the wrong when I thought mopeds are allowed on sidewalks as long as the engine is disengaged? Also the parking ticket reads “scooter” and then under make it reads “unknown”. Could it be that the meter maid is just mistaken and if so how do I fight this?

Answer

The statute to which you refer is this:

s. 316.1995Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path

(1) …. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.

However, there is also this:

s. 316.1945Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places

(1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:

(a) Stop, stand, or park a vehicle:

2. On a sidewalk.

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4 comments on “Parking on a Sidewalk
  1. fred says:

    I don’t think the OP will have much luck in fighting this particular citation, due to 316.1945. There will be little doubt that his moped is a vehicle.

    Here’s a kicker, though. A human powered vehicle is a vehicle. A bicycle is a vehicle. That means law enforcement can cite bicycle owners for parking a bike on a sidewalk! Sheesh.

    • SpecialFX says:

      Here’s my issue with this…
      Apparently, it’s a state law that says you can’t park a bicycle on a sidewalk…
      Well, most bike racks are ON A SIDEWALK…. so technically we can’t park a bicycle on a bike rack?
      Something is missing here…

  2. Steven cook says:

    Where did you get the ticket. Fort Lauderdale does not ticket vehicles parked on sidewalks in residential neighborhoods. I would fight the ticket, it is selective enforcement. I spoke to Lee Feldman the city manager and was told by him, parking enforcement cannot issue tickets for parking on sidewalks. That only the police can, and it’s not worth the money it cost to write the tickets. Maybe there are extenuating circumstances in your case. I live next to an elementary school, the last block leading to the school will have cars parked on the sidewalks, leaving the children to walk in the street. I have taken photos to multiple city commission meeting, asking for the city to enforce no parking on sidewalks, and they refuse. At one of the commission meeting commissioner Rogers says we don’t ticket for parking on sidewalks. It has been a long standing policy. You can find the conference meeting video online or I can send it to you. BTW, I think it’s appalling the city will not enforce the laws, and allow residents to walk on sidewalks, unhindered. So far I am having no luck in changing their views.

  3. Bob Majka says:

    Stay off the sidewalk period. Why fight something that is illegal and hinders people that want to walk on one? Selfish is what selfish does.

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