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(1) Whenever used in this subchapter, nonmotorized vehicle shall mean any wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land, including cycles, in-line skates and skateboards, or similar devices, but not wheelchairs or other medically prescribed devices utilized by individuals with disabilities.

(2) The following is prohibited:

(a) operation of nonmotorized vehicles on trails in any state park, that are posted to exclude such activity. The regional park manager may open or close trails to such use. This decision shall include an evaluation of factors including, but not limited to, the degree of conflict with other park users, public safety, and damage to park resources and/or facilities related to nonmotorized vehicles;

(b) operation of nonmotorized vehicles off trail or off road in any state park, except where authorized by the regional park manager and posted to specifically or conditionally permit such activity; and

(c) operation of nonmotorized vehicles upon docks, piers, curbs, steps, or other structures not specifically installed to accommodate such equipment.

(3) Individuals operating nonmotorized vehicles in state park areas shall:

(a) obey regulatory signs, including those permanently or temporarily erected, that govern the timing, location, speed, type and/or manner of operation, designed to promote visitor health and safety;

(b) restrict speed and manner of operation to reasonable and prudent practices relative to terrain, prevailing conditions, equipment, personal capabilities, personal safety, and the safety of all other park visitors;

(c) yield the right of way to pedestrians and animals;

(d) slow down, make presence known well in advance, and use courtesy and caution when approaching or overtaking other people or animals;

(e) not disturb or harass wildlife, people, or animals; and

(f) display adequate lighting during hours of darkness.

History: 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; IMP, 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; NEW, 2016 MAR p. 825, Eff. 5/7/16.

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