Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, Segways and hoverboards may be no more on the Lake Ozark Strip.
The Lake Ozark board of aldermen this week approved the first reading of an amended ordinance that prohibits the use of any motorized or non-motorized pedestrian vehicles in a commercially zoned district, which includes but isn’t limited to bicycles, skateboards, scooters, Segways and hoverboards. Second reading is expected at the next regular board meeting April 13.
According to a press release from the city of Lake Ozark, The Strip has seen an increase in the use of the small, motorized pedestrian vehicles and The Strip is intended to be the main focus of the ordinance. Residential streets are not included in the new restrictions.
“The Strip is a very busy place and we don’t allow skateboards currently,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee explained. “We were recently asked about hoverboards and we thought for safety reasons we needed to address the trend and expand our ordinance and include the other types of motorized vehicles.”
Police Chief Gary Launderville said he found that several cities have similar ordinances in place to He also noted that there have been incidences where one or more individuals have been seen riding hoverboards after dark, which poses additional safety issues.
Van Dee said signs will be erected to inform the public if the ordinance is approved next month. Signs are currently in place prohibiting skateboards.
The ordinance excludes medically prescribed motorized pedestrian devices that are needed for a person to navigate the streets.