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POLL: Should Skateboarding Be Allowed on the Long Beach Boardwalk?

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A petition to allow skateboarding on the Long Beach boardwalk is looking for signatures.

The Change.org petition has garnered more than 80 signatures and is seeking 100 in support of allowing skateboarding on the rebuilt boardwalk.

"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," writes the petition. "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." Read the full Change.org petition here.

Do you think skateboarding should be allowed on the Long Beach boardwalk? What are the pros and cons of allowing it? Vote in the poll above and tell us in the comments below.

Bob West June 29, 2014 at 07:17 PM
I think a trial period on a section of the Boardwalk is the only way we can gather facts relevant to Long Beach. The only place I could find that allows skateboarding on a wood Boardwalk is Ocean City MD. They have rules and hours- summer skateboarding is allowed Sunrise to 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. Skateboarding on the streets there is completely prohibited. Since we're obviously different than Ocean City, I think a trial here would be wise. And if Bryan's position holds up, it might help open up opportunities for skateboarders in other towns.
Bob West June 30, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Wow, seems like most areas don't allow skateboarding in public places at all, including streets. PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong. Bryan's words about the dangers got me wondering what other cities and towns do to keep their street skateboarders safe. Seems like many places confine skateboarders to skate parks, and often require safety equipment. I checked about 10 cities, but may have just happened on to a bad sample. I certainly don’t agree with such a skateboarding ban. But if Boardwalk skateboarding is considered, this reinforces my idea that a trial period would be wise. As Eddie alluded to, I read of some areas imposing restrictions because of liability fears. I guess living here it seems natural to see skateboarders all over. But come to think of it, I don’t recall seeing them in neighboring towns. In fact, our "evil twin" City Glen Cove has fines up to $250 and 15 days in jail. http://www.glencovepd.com/Parents.htm
Tom Gleason June 30, 2014 at 06:38 AM
So I'm not understanding what the issue with allowing it is.... Safety sounds like it would make sense but then look at the unmarked bike lane on the boardwalk, and if that were the case they would impose fines for not having a functional brake on your bike. The idea of the boardwalk getting destroyed goes out the window when you see police vehicles and utv's on the boardwalk. So it seems all that is left is the idea that skateboarding is reserved for punk kids starting trouble. With the recent events in town it kinda shows that skateboarding isn't too much of a factor in that. Just because it has been a rule for quite some time doesn't mean it's logical or right. And as far as other communities goes, they aren't long beach. There's a reason I live here and plan on living here for quite some time.


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