I find it absurd that the city and police department are outlawing skateboarding in the downtown area. Maybe outlawing is the wrong word. They are enforcing a very old law that was put in place to prevent skaters from ripping up planters, curbs, and endangering pedestrians on the sidewalk, which seems to make sense. But if caught rolling down the street, transporting yourself to work, beach, school, or just cruising down State Street, you face a $155 ticket. According to the Vehicle Code, skateboarders are not allowed on streets; they are considered pedestrians. Let’s be realistic, it sounds like the city is raising revenue by targeting those who are skating peacefully down the street. When will the community accept skateboarding as a fun, healthy, environmentally clean way of transportation? I say, as long as laws are obeyed, let skateboarders use the bike lane in the downtown corridor. Skateboarding is not a crime.


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