In an effort to curb reckless skateboarding, the Public Safety Committee today signed off on an ordinance that would require riders to follow the rules of the road.
The new rules, which woud no longer treat skateboards as pedestrians, would require riders to:
- follow all traffic and speed limit signs
- yield to vehicles
- maintain a speed less than 10 mph when crossing an uncontrolled intersection
Violators could be subject to an infraction and fine.
The new regulations are backed by Councilman Joe Buscaino, who wants to prevent skateboard “bombing,” which is the act of traveling down steep hills in excess of 40 mph. Earlier this year, a 15-year-old boy was killed while "bombing" in San Pedro. A 14-year-old boy also died from injuries he suffered while skateboarding last November.
The Public Safety Committee rejected an earlier draft of the ordinance that would have banned skateboards on city streets.