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Take your skateboards, rollerblades or non-motorized scooters out for fun with your friends, but
remember to be safe. Photo of a skateboarder

Here are some laws that skateboarders, rollerbladers and non-motorized scooter riders must follow.*

You have all the rights of a pedestrian but must obey many of the same laws.

  1. Obey the signs / speed limits
    Obey all signs and signals, including speed limit and stop signs, yield right-of-way signs and traffic signals.

  2. Entering the street
    Never enter the street suddenly or freestyle down your driveway. You may end up in the path of a vehicle.

  3. Face oncoming traffic
    If there are no sidewalks, use the extreme left-hand edge of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

  4. Intersections
    At an intersection, look both ways before you cross. Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians, but motorists may not see you in time.

  5. Bridges, highway overcrossings
    Don't ride, board or blade on a bridge or highway overcrossing unless there is a sidewalk and a sign giving you permission. Many cities and counties forbid you to use them.

    Remember, public streets and highways are designed primarily for motor vehicles - skateboarding, rollerblading, or scootering may not be appropriate on some roads. Be aware of the danger.

  6. Helmets
    The law requires anyone under 18 who uses a skateboard, non-motorized scooter, rollerblades or roller skates to wear a helmet. It could save your life.

Photo of a skateboarder Motorized Skateboards
Motorized Skateboards are legal on private property only.
They are illegal on highways, sidewalks, bikeways and hiking or recreational trails.

Riding and Blading Tips:

  • Make eye contact with a vehicle driver to remind him or her of your presence.

  • Be very careful around cars and trucks. Drivers often don't realize how fast you're going - or may not see you at all.

  • In addition to your helmet, wear gloves, knee pads and other protective gear.

  • * Counties and cities may have additional local ordinances.

CHP 926 - (Rev. 7/03) - OPI 013