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What are the laws for bicycles, scooters, and go-carts?

Category: Patrol Services

All persons operating a bicycle or low powered scooter must obey official traffic control signals, signs and other traffic control devices which apply to motor vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer. 

Go-Carts and skateboards are not allowed to be operated on any public street, sidewalk, or right of way located within the City limits. Signs indicating that no right, left or U turn is permitted, shall be obeyed except where the person dismounts from the bicycle and obeys normal pedestrian regulations. Any person riding upon a roadway shall ride as close as possible to the right hand side of the roadway. It is also illegal for any person to carry another person on a bicycle, unless the bicycle is designed and equipped to carry another person.

Any person operating a low powered scooter must be at least 16 years of age.  A valid driver's license is required.  All scooter or bikes must be equipped with a bell, siren or whistle to warn others. They must also be equipped with a white light on the front, and a red light and/or red reflector on the rear of the bike or scooter.

For additional information, call Thornton Police at 720-977-5150. For more Police Department information, visit the Police Department webpage.  

Updated 8/7/2020 2:52 PM
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