Ask the Mountlake Terrace Cop: Bicycle safety for kids

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Mountlake Terrace Police Sgt. Pat Lowe answers your public safety questions. This week: Tips on how to keep your kids safe while teaching them to ride a bicycle.

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    • We asked Sgt. Lowe about this and he provided this info from the city code. For some reason it’s under the category of motorized foot scooters but it specifically says bicycle:

      MTMC 10.30.050 Requirements for operating motorized foot scooters.
      A. Minimum Age. No person may operate a motorized foot scooter on an authorized allowable public way or area unless such person is 14 years of age or older. No operator’s license is required from the Department of Licensing to operate a motorized foot scooter.

      B. Helmet and Reflectors. The following equipment shall be required whenever a motorized foot scooter is operated on streets or other public property within the City:

      1. Helmet Required. Any person operating a bicycle or a motorized foot scooter or riding as a passenger on or in tow of a bicycle or motorized foot scooter upon any public area in the City of Mountlake Terrace shall wear an approved helmet designed for safety, and shall have either the neck or chin strap of the helmet fastened securely while the motorized foot scooter is in motion. No person shall transport another person on or in tow of a bicycle or motorized foot scooter upon any public area in the jurisdiction of the City of Mountlake Terrace, unless the passenger is wearing a helmet that meets the requirements of this chapter. A parent or guardian is responsible for requiring that a child under the age of 18 years of age wears an approved helmet while operating or riding as a passenger on a bicycle or motorized foot scooter in any public area in the City of Mountlake Terrace, and has the neck or chin strap of the helmet fastened securely.

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