The city of Hoquiam will not be allowing all terrain vehicles on city streets. Citing safety concerns and a highway that splits the city, the council voted unanimously last night to ban ATV’s after the recommendation from their public safety committee.

Not all vehicles qualify, the state defines “Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (WATV)” as a four wheeled vehicle where operator and passenger sit side by side in the vehicle, manufactured primarily for recreational non-highway all-terrain use. ATV’s would also not be allowed under current laws. In Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen – along with other cities, WATV’s are allowed as long as they follow state law.

Prior to the vote, the council also discussed the gas-powered bicycles that you may have heard around the city. Councilman Dave Wilson asked, “Are those bicycles that they ride around, that are really loud, are they legal to be riding around?”The short answer from City Administrator Brian Shay last night was no, they’re not legal. A longer answer is complicated.

The short answer from City Administrator Brian Shay last night was no, they’re not legal. A longer answer is complicated, Washington State Law allows street legal mopeds with a 49cc motor (or less) on Washington streets with a licensed rider over 16 years old wearing a helmet. A bicycle with a gas engine that produces less than five horsepower is considered a Motor-driven cycle and is treated similarly to a bicycle on Washington roads and sidewalks.

 

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Last Update; 7/29/2017