Nov 082010
Authors: Rob Lowrey Student Legal Services

The short answer is that all those longboarders (and roller skaters, etc.) out there are treated by the law as pedestrians. Skateboards and longboards are not allowed to be ridden in the street (including the bike lanes) unless actually crossing at a crosswalk.

They must be ridden only on the sidewalks, paths and/or trails provided, unless a Dismount Zone is posted. One other consideration for boarders is that, like bicyclists, skateboarders must yield to actual pedestrians (people walking on their feet) and they must give a bell, horn or voice warning when approaching and passing those pedestrians.

Here is what the Fort Collins Traffic Code actually says: 1410. Use of highways for traveling on snowmobiles, skis, toboggans, coasting sleds, skates or similar devices.

  1. No person shall use any street or highway in the City for traveling on skis, toboggans, coasting sleds, skates, in-line skates, skateboards, coasters, scooters or similar devices, whether human or motor-powered … It is also unlawful for any person upon roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, or riding in or by means of any coasters, scooters, toy vehicles or similar devices, whether human or motor-powered, to go upon any roadway in the City, except while crossing a highway in a crosswalk, and when so crossing, such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians.
  1. Where such use is prohibited by signs or markings, a person shall not ride …
  1. Where such use not prohibited by official signs or markings, a person riding … shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal or verbal warning before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.”

Everyone, please be careful out there, whether you’re biking, driving, skating or walking. We’re all on campus together for a reason, so always be on the lookout and we’ll all be better off.

Rob Lowrey is a staff attorney for Student Legal Services at CSU. SLS’ column appears biweekly Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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