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Is Skating Legal In Your Area?

Sep 1, 2008
You've probably walked by the signs stating No Skateboarding; there is usually a city ordinance that backs up the posted sign. Since you're walking it might not concern you, unless somebody disobeys the law and then you have a problem.

Most sidewalks are constructed with smooth concrete, this is an invitation for those who skate whether it's skateboarding, rollerblading or snake boarding. But the laws still apply, pedestrians are walking on these sidewalks, the law is set to keep people safe, both pedestrian and skater.

Some states have allowed skating in certain areas such as skate parks. Bicycle laws have been on the books since the 1970's, when skateboarding became popular it was expected that they share the road with other people on wheeled transportation.

If you look at the courteous nature of skating you'll see that the rules at a roller rink of long ago still apply. AlthoughNo Skateboarding signs are posted on many mall sidewalks it's hard to know if rollerblading and kick scooters are included in that request.

Road skating is legal in North Carolina as long as you abide by the law. Bicyclists are not given a pass and must yield to cars, so should skaters. Most of the laws now are for safety reasons such as wearing helmets, you will need to check with the city you live in to see if a helmet law exists, don't be ticketed for something as simple as common sense.

It's legal to skate on the city streets of Houston, Texas you must stay in one lane and skate in a safe manor. Albuquerque, New Mexico considers rollerbladers pedestrians; there are bike paths for those who want a little more freedom to skate.

Its best to understand the traffic laws to know if skating is permitted, in some states a skater falls under the same laws as the driver of a vehicle, running red lights, not stopping fully at stop signs and jetting through cross-walks can earn you a ticket from police.

If you skate on a sidewalk that does not have a posted No Skateboarding sign just remember that a sidewalk is just that, a side walk. It may not be posted but think about the safety of others. You can always do a Google search for city ordnances regarding skating laws; make sure to include rollerblading, roller-skating and micro scooters in your request. There may be different laws for each type.

Skateboarding has been banned in California on many college campuses. The problem arose when many skaters would use hand rails for tricks and damage them. Hand rails are mainly constructed for the handicap and disabled. Some visible damage to sidewalks was evident and college officials had to run off skaters who were gathering together and disturbing the peace. Property damage is the major drawback from skaters. In the recent years skate parks have been constructed to draw those who want to skate a central location.

Boston, Massachusetts modified their ordinance of no skateboarding to include, rollerblading. They found that those who use public property to perform skating tricks did so without any regarding to public safety. Many times people will complain to police before a city ordnance is passed.

If you want to find out if a particular type of skateboarding or rollerblading law exists, you'll need to do some research in order to inform yourself. You can still have fun but do so in a safe manner, skateboarding laws were designed to protect everybody involved.
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