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Me and my friends won't to be able to longboard in the streets close to where we live because someone called with one complaint.
When we long-board we look both ways for people and traffic. It's safer in the street rather than the sidewalk.
Skateboarding is absolutely prohibited on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. We would like to at least have this ordinance amended so that only trick skating is prohibited, as only trick skaters damage property when attempting or performing "tricks".
Those on a skateboard in the bike lane only wishing to get around prove no greater threat to themselves or others around them than cyclists.
We wish that skateboards be allowed in the bike lane, as long as no "tricks" are performed.
Current Mountain View Ordinance 7.92 Section 38.20(g) prohibits skateboard use on the multiple-use trails at Shoreline Park and on the adjoining Stevens Creek Trail:
The main concern of the city is that a falling skateboard rider may cause his/her board to fly away at high speed and that board could cause injury to nearby trail user.
We argue that this is not the case with the type of longer skateboards (longboards) that would be used on the flat trails typical of these parks. In longboard pushing and pumping, as opposed to park and trick skateboard riding, typically when a rider falls, it is because the longboard encounters debris or an obstruction in the trail and suddenly stops. This causes the rider to continue forward, losing contact with the board. And since the fall was initiated by the board stopping and the rider left the board due to the sudden stop, the board usually remains right where it stopped, or at most rolls slowly a few feet off to the side of the trail. After all, without an external application of force, an object at rest remains at rest according to Sir Isaac Newton.
With the miles and miles of flat, featureless trails in these city parks, the riding of skateboards suitable for skate parks is not likely due to their short wheel base and small, hard wheels that do not roll well on the rough asphalt paving. The longboards suitable for use on these type of trails feature longer wheel bases, larger, softer wheels and truck setups that optimize the boards for long distance travel.
Also we argue that the existing regulation prohibiting skateboarding is inconsistent with neighboring cities that have multiple-use trails that connect with those in Mountain View.
In both Sunnyvale and Palo Alto, skateboarding is permitted and encouraged on paved multiple-use trails in those cities. And there is minimal signage present at the Mountain View boundaries on those connecting trails to advise trail users of the change in regulation. We have contacted the Friends Of Stevens Creek Trail and they are in favor of longboard use on their segments of the mentioned trails.
Finally, longboard/skateboard riding is a environmentally friendly mode of transportation and is consistent with the multiple-use aspect of the paved trails in the city parks.
Be sure to check the web page for updates, we are still waiting for the city to research the issue.
We form our argument on the following grounds:
1. Longboarding, a form of skateboarding involving a longer more stable skateboard suitable for long distance transportation, is a healthy, pollution-free form of transportation and has gained popularity in Saskatoon at an incredible rate. Yet, longboarding continues to be restricted in the downtown and Broadway areas.
2. Regular skateboarding is also a form of active, carbon-free transportation and should not be discouraged by restrictions.
3. The bylaw cites "inconveniencing pedestrians" as a basis for this restriction.
a. We do not object to keeping point 35, subpoint (1) stating that "a person... may not crowd or jostle other pedestrians". Safety for other pedestrians is our greatest concern.
b. On the grounds of fairness, longboards and skateboards should not face any greater restriction than rollerblading or rollerskating. Currently, rollerblading and rollerskating do not face these restrictions.
4. While destruction of property due to skateboard "grinding" is a concern, a few clarifications are in order.
a. Grinding is almost impossible on a longboard due to its length and weight.
b. Mischief law already exists to punish those committing property damage.
5. Parking and traffic congestion downtown is increasing. During the snow-free months, individuals longboarding or skateboarding downtown would reduce this congestion.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Throughout 2006 Skaters for Public Skateparks (SPS) tracked several aspects of skateboarding activity, including skateboard-related fatalities, as reported in the media, online sources, and other publishing sources. On average 2006 had nearly one person killed per week while skateboarding; a total of 42 skateboarding youth died while recreating. Of these 42 deaths, 40 occurred outside of skateparks.
Skateboarding in the United States is increasing in popularity. At SPS we believe that accessible skateboarding facilities are the best way to encourage this healthy activity safe. Public parks and areas without vehicular traffic, such as plazas and city squares, are the safest places for skateboarders to recreate yet increasingly skaters are kicked out of these environments and must find new places to recreate. This can lead to consequences that every person in the community should find unacceptable. Skateboarding youth are being killed in the streets at an alarming rate, because they lack appropriate places to recreate. Skateboarders need skateparks. At SPS, we hope that these figures illuminate the gravity of this tragic problem.
2006 saw a broad range of Skaters lose their life. The youngest was Seven Year old Ian Campbell from Soulsbyville, California who was struck by a truck while skating in front of his house on March 15, 2006. Our Brother, Ian was the 17th victim of 2006. In contrast, 2006’s oldest skater to die was Mr. Steve Helton of Buhl, Idaho. Mr. Helton was 49 at the time of the accident, and was the 38th fatality of 2006. Ian and Steve died doing something they enjoyed, and were separated by hundreds of miles and 42 years of experience, but they shared a love of skateboarding.
The research supports a view that most skateboarders share through personal observation. In itself skateboarding is not dangerous, but when it's combined with vehicular traffic it can be deadly. In 2006, 27 skateboarders were struck and killed by vehicles. Texas recorded seven fatal vehicular accidents involving skaters, while California had four. No state is immune from these tragedies. Maine, Alabama, Minnesota, South Carolina, and many others each faced this preventable tragedy.
The future looks bright for skateboarders everywhere. Communities across the nation are realizing the value of skateparks. Fearful, suspicious attitudes towards skateboarders are melting away as skateboarding advocates continue to present a vision where skateboarding is accepted as a healthy, positive recreational choice for our youth and young-at-heart. In a society that is seeing staggering numbers of children become overweight, and the fact that traditional sports have declined in participation, it is paramount we re-activate our communities with the desires of today’s sporting and recreating youth. Support your local skateboarders, and lobby your Governments to build skateparks to keep our communities safe and active.
Fatalities by Age (in years):
12 and under: 6
13 – 18: 21
19 – 24: 12
25 and up: 3
*14 – 15: 12 Fatalities
Within skatepark: 2
Outside skatepark: 40
716 bicyclists died on US roads in 2008 (698 in 2007, 1,003 in 1975)
:::longboarding use and control:::
A longboard's most basic use is travel. Commuter designs take many different shapes, including long, wide cruisers as well as shorter hybrid type boards. Their trucks are designed to be loose to allow for sharper turns. It is useful to have a kicktail on a commuting longboard in order to corner on sidewalks and to lift the front of the board when riding off curbs. Also, one may prefer a longer board, around 38"-42" (about 1m) for commuting, as well as larger wheels (65mm-75mm).
Before learning braking techniques, it is common for riders to jump off the moving board and 'run out' their speed, but this is safe only at low speeds. This technique is considered dangerous and is least accepted in the longboarding world. If the rider is traveling faster than the speed at which they can run, other techniques are required. Try the coleman slide, demonstrated here http://skateboard.about.com/od/boardscience/ss/HowToColeman_6.htm
Air braking involves standing upright on your board as tall as possible with arms outstretched to catch as much wind resistance as possible. This is primarily done in speedboarding to reduce speed before a tight turn. It is not meant to stop the rider, but rather slow the rider to maintain control and stability. The effect is most noticeable at higher speeds and can be enhanced by spreading a Sporting-Sail, jacket or other article of clothing, forming a parachute.
Foot braking involves putting one foot on the road while balancing on the board with the other foot. This technique can be used to reduce speed or come to a full stop. This is helpful in racing or in tight situations where the rider does not feel comfortable sliding, or when a rider only needs to lose a small amount of speed prior to entering a turn. However this method can be wasteful and tends to destroy shoes as the sole of the shoe is worn away and does not shed speed nearly as fast as sliding.
Carving is an effective way to control speed when traveling downhill. Instead of coming to a complete stop, the rider makes a continuous "S" path by leaning left and right. By making so many turns the speed can be controlled and maintained.
Camber boards are boards specifically designed for carving. A camber board is usually made of a flexible wood like bamboo, and the center of the deck will be higher than the mounting point of the trucks creating an arc shape. When weight is applied to it the center will bend down, creating a reverse of the arc shape. This builds spring tension, that is released at the peak of every complete turn in the "S" pattern. This can also be done while wearing sliding gloves. The rider can grab the side of the board while crouching and lean uphill. The other hand is then placed on the ground on the uphill side. This is then repeated going the opposite direction. At high speeds it can result in loss of traction.
See also: Slides (skateboarding)
Sliding is the most effective braking technique for downhill skateboarders. It allows a skater to reduce his speed much more quickly than footbraking, but requires a wider area depending on his ability to control the slide. It has also evolved into its own discipline of skateboarding, with riders performing various tricks and rotations while sliding. Slides can be done standing upright or with one or two hands placed on the ground to allow the rider to execute technical slides in any number of positions. When performing hands-down slides, protective slide gloves must be worn. These gloves can be purchased or made at home. They are usually leather gloves with sliding pucks made of hard, low-friction plastics such as UHMWPE, Corian, or Delrin attached by velcro or glue. Slides can also be performed on banks and transitions in a skate park. When a skater slides to a complete stop, it is called a shutdown slide. A drift that reduces the rider's speed without bringing him to a complete stop is called a speed check. When the board rotates more than 90 degrees and then returns to its original position over the course of the slide it is called a pendulum. There are myriad more technical and challenging slides that can be done such as laybacks, pressure spins, 5-0 slides, and stand-up rotations. One of the most popular slide and most basic hands-down slide is called the Coleman. Made popular by a man named Cliff Coleman.