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Aug 02

Rules for scooters, bicycles and skateboards

Posted on August 2, 2021 at 3:34 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q:  Please post rules for scooters, bicycles and skateboards. The lack of parking around the university has created a problem and people are seeking alternative modes of transportation. Where can you operate scooters, bicycles and skateboards? Also, make a distinction between items that are motorized (motor scooter or motorized skateboard) and items that are not motorized (push scooter and standard skateboard). The current rules online do not clarify this and are NOT helpful.

 

A:  Laramie Municipal Code does not directly address scooters or electric bikes.  The City relies upon Wyoming State Statute to regulate motorized vehicles that have less than 50cc engines.  This includes electric bikes, scooters, and mopeds.  For this class of vehicles, riders are obligated to obey all traffic laws.  These vehicles may occupy a lane.  These vehicles may not be ridden on sidewalks.  The City has entered into an agreement with a nationally known scooter "for hire" program and has made the decision not to enact ordinances specific to scooters until we evaluate the program.  During the discussions with this vendor, we learned that UW does not want scooters on campus, so the scooters in the "for hire" program will be geofenced off of UW campus proper.  The City cannot speak to UWs stance on electric bikes.

Jul 16

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

Posted on July 16, 2021 at 11:09 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Where is it legal to draw with sidewalk chalk. I know sometimes it can be seen as vandalism and I want to know where I can do it without getting in trouble.
 Thank you

 

A.  Since sidewalk chalk is nonpermanent, it can be used so long as it isn’t on sidewalks in front of other people’s homes or in front of a business.

Jun 30

30th & Reynolds--Roundabout

Posted on June 30, 2021 at 4:44 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q:  I was wondering why you haven't (or publicly announced a reason for) considered a traffic circle at 30th and Reynolds. I think that would be a great place for one. There is open land, and we all know, while it confuses a bunch of people initially, it makes traffic flow so much better.

I'd be happy to see a few traffic circles on other streets in the future. (hint harney and 30th, 22nd and willet).

I'm also very happy you put a stop light in on 22nd and Reynolds. (Personally I think that would be a bad place for a traffic circle with all of the pedestrian traffic).

I hope you might consider these intersections as traffic circles in the future. The traffic (IMHO) will flow better.

A:  On November 27, 2017, a similar question was posed and a response was posted on LaramieLive.com:  The City does not have any plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of E Reynolds Street and N 30th Street. Roundabouts require a considerable amount of land in order to be constructed properly.  The City does own some of the land around this intersection, but not enough to accommodate a properly designed roundabout.