Skateboards in Bike Lanes
Max asked: I go to a university and I ride a skateboard everywhere. Until recently I have always skateboarded in the bike lane because I go just as fast as bicyclists and the sidewalks are packed with people. Police have now started to give us skaters $52.50 tickets when we ride in the bike lane. I was wondering if and what law states that skateboarding is illegal in bike lanes and why. And also if there was a way to add brakes or some small mechanism to our skateboards that would make it legal to ride them in the bike lanes. Riding on the sidewalk to not an option and if not fixed this law is going to eliminate all skateboarding at the university.
The bike lane is part of the roadway. The roadway is for vehicles. The use of roller skates or similar devices in the roadway is unlawful. Adding brakes as you suggest would not change that.
You didn’t indicate the statute that was cited on your ticket, but I assume it was the following:
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(12) No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, may go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk ….
See this previous post:
There may also be a local ordinance that addresses this. Check with your school police department.