Puyallup police institute ‘wheels up’ awareness campaign

Special to the HeraldJanuary 22, 2014 

Todd Ketter, a Puyallup parks employee, installs a “Wheels Up” decal on a city sidewalk last Wednesday.


You may have noticed that the central business district core in Puyallup is boasting decals on the sidewalk to inform skateboarders, in-line skaters, bicyclists, motorized scooter riders and other similar devices that they can’t be ridden in that area on the sidewalks. Riders must walk their conveyance through those areas.

With the many shops, restaurants and other businesses along those streets, those “vehicles” can be dangerous. A shopper who steps out from a store or walks along a sidewalk has very little maneuverability if a swift-moving rider is also competing for that sidewalk space.

In addition to the central business district core, designated public facilities, including Pioneer Park and the city parking garage, also are included in this “Wheels Up” area. Physical signs have been posted in the city hall parking garage, which has had problems with skateboarders who use the space during inclement weather.

The exception to these municipal codes is the use of motorized wheelchairs and strollers used to transport small children or city equipment. Municipal Codes 10.60.130 and 10.82.040 outline the circumstances and violations.

Puyallup police will institute a public-education period during which they will give out warnings unless there is a blatant or aggressive response.

Violating these municipal codes can be quite expensive. The riding of bicycles, skateboards, scooters and the like on the sidewalks of those areas can be punishable by a $500 fine or 90 days in jail — or both. And the use of the motorized foot scooters in that area can result in a traffic ticket and up to a $250 fine.

Violators younger than 18 can expect to be seen in juvenile court for appropriate action. And their parents, if warned within a year’s time, can face fines and other penalties.

The central business district core, including Pioneer Park, are all very active areas with shoppers, visitors and people enjoying the park.

So be safe and considerate of all users, and make sure when you or your children are there, it’s “Wheels Up!” for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

Lisa Isaacs is the crime prevention coordinator for the Puyallup Police Department. She can be reached at 253-841-5531.

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