MLPD: rules for dogs, skateboarders and bicyclists


mlpd_3-23-102.jpgThe Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to remind dog owners of Town Ordinances to keep their animals and the public safe.

6.12.010 License—Required – If you live within the Town of Mammoth Lakes limits the owner of any dog over the age of six months shall procure a town dog license and pay thereafter an annual license fee for each dog

6.12.090 Rabies—Vaccination—Required  If you live in a known rabies area (Mono County is so designated) per California Health and Safety Code 121690 (b) (1) Every dog owner, after his or her dog attains the age of three months or older, shall, procure its vaccination by a licensed veterinarian with a canine antirabies vaccine.    

6.12.190 Nuisance behavior-It is unlawful for any person to permit any animal owned by him or in his possession or under his control to defecate or urinate in any public place or on the property of another, to knock over trash cans, dig holes on the property of another or create a nuisance in any public place or on the property of another.

6.12.210 Dog at large– It is unlawful for any person owning, harboring, or having the care, custody or possession of any dog within the town limits of Mammoth Lakes to allow such dog to run at large. Your dog must be on a leash no longer then six (6) feet in length and in the care of a competent person.

**Please keep your dog on a leash while enjoying the Town’s beautiful Parks and Trails for the safety and enjoyment of everyone.

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to remind

Bicyclist and Skate Boarders of the rules of the road for the safety and enjoyment of everyone

For Bicyclists:

 Bicycle riders and automobile drivers follow the same rules and have the same rights. Example: Cars must stop at a stop sign, and bicycles must stop at a stop sign. Always ride with traffic. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction as cars. Bicyclists must not obstruct traffic and must ride as close as practicable to the right hand side of the roadway.

A person under 18 years of age cannot operate a bicycle or ride as a passenger without a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the SNELL Standards for Protective Headgear.

For Skateboarders:

You have all the rights of a pedestrian but must obey many of the same laws as vehicles:

Obey all signs and signals, including speed limit and stop signs, yield right-of-way signs and traffic signals: Entering the street. Never enter the street suddenly or freestyle down your driveway. You may end up in the path of a vehicle.

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Please remember the Volcom Brothers Skate Park does not allow bicycles. Helmets and protective gear are required per Town of Mammoth Lakes Ordinance   12.20.500. 




14 Responses to MLPD: rules for dogs, skateboarders and bicyclists

  1. Mike August 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    A common misconception by many police officers and departments. They will quote the California Vehicle Code (CVC) 21202 without quoting the “except” situation. The full text of CVC 21202 is below.

    CVC 21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
    (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
    (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
    (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
    (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.
    Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.

    • Dan Watson August 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      It’s not a common misconception, Mike. Common sense dictates that the exceptions exist. The Vehicle Code and other codes have lengthy and often confusing language. The key point of Vehicle Section 21202 is that bicyclists need to stay to the right for safety reasons. Obviously, a bicyclist can pass another bicycle and make left turns which requires moving to the center of the road to make a left turn when safe to do so.

      The Town will be releasing a news release next week that emphasizes bicycle safety, including mentioning Vehicle Code Section 21760 which goes into effect on September 16. This section requires motorists to provide at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist. It also provides exceptions, including if there is not three feet of clearance, the motorist must pass safely. But be forewarned, the news release will not include the entire language of the lengthy VC section. It will be summarized, as was the case in this release, to provide the most relevant information for readers.

      • sugarmagnolia August 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

        I thought the upcoming new bike law (about the three feet) was over kill….till I was riding the June Lake Loop the other day and with no other cars around, a dotted center line, and no shoulder for me to ride on, a big ford truck buzzed me, well less than 3 feet away. Then I discovered he was pulling a long trailer just as wide as his truck.
        It was obviously on purpose, I have no idea why….I was not impeding him in anyway. Some people are just pricks!

  2. Trouble August 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    How the hell do you stop a dog from urinating in public? Who comes up with this garbage?

    • Pedro August 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      The diaper lobby?

      • Curious August 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

        Dogpends or puppers?

    • Wayne Deja August 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Trouble…..LOL!!…or the other”bathroom thing” dogs sometimes do in public….once THAT one starts, it’s not an easy or a very nice thing to be trying to stop a dog from doing…How would you do it to avoid a citation,a fine or jail time ?….It’s happened with me walking my dogs more than a couple times….once when someone came out and yelled at me about it….About the only thing you can really do is let the dog do it….and then pick it up….and hope you have a plastic bag with you..the urinating thing,not sure what to do about that one…..

  3. Rick O'Brien August 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    So…it’s now illegal for a dog to urinate on a fire hydrant ? Good luck with that one.

  4. Eastern Sierra Local August 22, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I find it odd that municipalities place so many restrictions on dogs and dog owners yet do nothing about cats and their owners. Cats should be licensed as well and not be allowed to roam outside. It appears that there isn’t a problem with feral dogs in the Eastern Sierra communities-probably because of the numerous regulations placed on them- but every where I go there are cats running around neighborhoods; un-collared, reproducing, and killing native wildlife. A recent study found that domestic cats are the number one threat to native wildlife in the world; they kill over 2 billion native birds and animals a year!
    I wish our local municipalities would be as concerned about cats as they are about dogs.

    • Benett Kessler August 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      ICARE is concerned and has an effective spay/neuter program that has gone a long way to reduce uncared for cat population. BK

    • sugarmagnolia August 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Feral cats in Mammoth are not common at all. neither are there very many outdoor cats.

      • Pedro August 26, 2014 at 11:37 am #


  5. Tinner August 22, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Those laws mean JACK DIDLEY SQUAT to a family with kids and dogs walking on a residential street and in the Lakes Basin with a 25 mph with cars and trucks flying by some traveling close to twice the posted speed limit. Public safety my eye!

  6. Wayne Deja August 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Whenever I hear about traffic rules and laws in the TOML,what I think of is drivers speeding through town streets,thinking it’s O.K. to do,since it’s a tourist town(yes,someone DID post saying that a few months ago),or even worse yet,skateboarders allowed to travel in traffic lanes,and expecting vehicles to either slow down and go their pace,or be forced to change lanes and go around them….whether there is snow on the roads or not.Sad as it seems,these listed rules are,as Chief Watson states,common sense,and dictates some of these rules here,including the licensing of dogs and getting the pet vaccinated for rabies….these rules here apply to most,if not all,drivers and residents in the State of California…..believe it or not,.even the TOML…..


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