Petition: Please Allow skateboarding to be permitted on the boardwalk

aJSUdFmrLoBERKC-556x313-noPadIf you folks want skateboarding on the boardwalk,  then sign this petition: Please Allow skateboarding to be permitted on the boardwalk . Usually these petitions go nowhere, but the author does paint a pretty good argument for pro-boardwalk skateboarding. I just have to support it myself.

“It seems unfair that skateboarding is not permitted on the boardwalk while bicycles, unicycles, tread climbers and every other form of human powered transport is permitted. Skateboarding, especially long boarding is a healthy activity as well as valid form of transportation for youth to get from one side of town to the other without being on the streets.

You cannot skate across this town in the street due to rough pavement and standard vehicular operation which is highly busy especially during the summer months when kids need it most. It is a healthy outlet for our youth to stay off the streets and get some exercise as well. [change.org]

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9 thoughts on “Petition: Please Allow skateboarding to be permitted on the boardwalk”

  1. That’s a tricky one. Agreed that the streets are too unsafe for just about anything these days – nobody knows more than me since I got thrown from my bike last year from hitting a large cut in the road and sustained an ongoing neck injury.

    The reason skateboarding and rollerblading were never allowed on the boardwalk was because the wood would be damaged by the smaller wheels, which seem to grab into the gaps between the wood planks. I’m not sure whether or not this is an issue with the new boardwalk wood, nor if it were an issue with skate boards in as much as rollerblades due to the different types of wheels.

    What is ideally needed is a separate path. The bike lanes are not even marked on the new boardwalk, presenting so much opportunity for eventual accident there as well.

  2. Oh, and not to mention the safety for the roller-blader in the case of blades … they’re simply not designed to be used on a wood surface, so you don’t have the same control. I don’t skate board, so I can’t speak to how those perform on wood versus pavement.

  3. Hey Michael, hope you are doing well. You definitely bring up some valid points. I haven’t been on a skateboard since the 80s (yep, i’m old) but I remember the wheels being hard plastic. Does anybody know if they are the same now or a rubber?

  4. Hey Anthony – that makes two of us re: last skateboarding in the 80s. I recall that when I had originally gotten blades about 20 years ago and went up onto the boardwalk, the other issue was the gaps between the wood planks. Given that you push with outward motion on blades, you really can’t navigate them safely on a wooden boardwalk.

    There’s actually a web page devoted to this topic (of course) –

    http://www.skatelog.com/how/wooden-planks.htm

    Doing some further googling around, it seems that skateboards are generally prohibited from most high profile wooden boardwalks (Myrtle and Miami Beach jumped out) – but they are allowed on paved paths. Apparently another safety concern is how slippery wood becomes when damp.

  5. Isn’t there a control issue as well? Bikes have brakes and are better equipt to handle evasive movements.

    I skateboard and while I would love to go up there at night when it was empty. It’s just isn’t safe when you have children running around on a busy weekend. You have no good way of stopping in a short distance and you have limited control to avoid them. The issue of limited control is comounded by the wood decking which is far from ideal for those wheels.

    Also not that this is the main concern, but any reasonable person would have to consider the risk that if you were to fall off your board it could go flying into someone. That typically isn’t an issue for bikes riding on a flat surface in a straight line. I’ve seen my fair share of bails caused by some fairly minor debris that a bike tire wouldn’t even wobble at.

    Would some longboards on a weeknight pose any greater danger than a bike? No, but the rules need to be clear and apply to general conditions.

    I don’t see this rule ever changing.

  6. I believe the problem may be a lack of brakes and the liability that would place on the City. Remember that every time a bike plows into someone and they want some money they sue the City and usually get a settlement. But I can’t find any incident that preceded the writing of this law.

    Virginia Beach has a nice gently snaking asphalt walk that parallels their boardwalk for the use of bikes and roller blades.

    Might be an idea for Long Beach to consider atop their Army Corp dune that’s going to front the boardwalk.

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