EAST WENATCHEE — All-terrain vehicles may soon be allowed on many East Wenatchee streets.
The City Council on Tuesday voiced its approval of a new state law that allows street-legal ATVs on roads and streets with a posted speed limit of up to 35 mph, which would encompass most of East Wenatchee’s streets.
Councilmembers directed City Attorney Devin Poulson to draft an ordinance that the council would vote on at a future meeting.
A new state law that went into effect last month gives cities and counties the authority to allow ATVs if they choose to. Poulson said he’s received numerous calls from people in favor of allowing ATVs on city streets. He said some callers pointed out that City Councilman Wayne Barnhart drivers a Vespa scooter on city streets.
The law states that the vehicles must be street legal, with head lights, tail lights and turn signals. Drivers must also buy a new vehicle license, similar to one required for motorcycles.
Community Development Director Lori Barnett asked the council if they wanted to restrict the ATVs from driving on busier streets, such as Grant Road or Eastmont Avenue.
“Open the door and let them ride,” Barnhart said, to which several people in the audience applauded.
One city resident, Lloyd Turner, asked about driving across the George Sellar Bridge, which has a 40 mph speed limit.
Poulson said that probably would not be legal. He also said Chelan and Douglas counties and the city of Wenatchee still haven’t decided whether to allow ATVs on city and county roads.