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Bill Warner

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Motorized bikes/scooters
« on: June 12, 2009, 12:07:07 PM »
Recently I have received complaints about kids (and parents!) riding motorized bikes or scooters around the neighborhood.  They are being ridden on the streets, on sidewalks, on the trail around the pond, and in our common areas.

This is a serious safety issue for both the kids riding these vehicles and for the other children and pedestrians in the area.  In most cases, it is also illegal.

In Indiana it is illegal to ride any type of motorized bike or scooter unless the driver is at least 15 years old and has a valid Indiana ID Card, Learner's Permit, or Driver's License.  All riders under 18 years of age must also wear a U.S. Department of Transportation approved motorcycle helmet and eye protection.  Bicycle helmets do not qualify.  This includes all electric scooters and mini-bikes.

Also, because these bikes and scooters are motorized they may not be ridden on the trails or sidewalks at any time, no matter how small the motor is.  This includes the trail loop around the pond, and all common areas within Amberleigh Village.

Illegal operation of motorized bikes or scooters may be reported to the West Lafayette Police Department (775-5200).  The fine is over $100, and parents can be charged for allowing their children to violate the law.  The bike or scooter can also be impounded.

Please help us keep our neighborhood safe!  Do not allow your children to ride any type of motorized scooter or bike on the trails, sidewalks, or common areas; and if they ride in the street, be sure that they meet all of the legal requirements.

References: Indiana Code 9-13-2 & 9-21-11
« Last Edit: June 12, 2009, 12:10:44 PM by bwarner »
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