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RPV Resolution Would Prohibit Skateboarding on City Streets

Rancho Palos Verdes City Council members are set to consider a resolution that establishes skateboarding restrictions on various streets throughout the city.

In response to a growing number of skateboarders seen coasting down steep streets in Rancho Palos Verdes, City Council members on Tuesday will consider prohibiting skateboarding on certain city roads.

The Council will consider the adoption of a resolution that would prohibit the use of skateboards and other non-motorized wheeled devices, like roller skates and scooters, on more than 10 streets within the city.

The streets include Via Colinita, Palos Verdes Drive East, Silver Arrow Drive, Hawthorne Boulevard, Ganado Drive, Crest Road East, Crest Road West, Crenshaw Boulevard, Browndeer Lane, Verde Ridge Road, Locklenna Lane and Miraleste Drive.

If adopted, signs would be posted to alert residents that skateboards, roller skates, inline skates and scooters are not allowed on the roads.

Ellen November, Skatepark PV Inc. founder and Rancho Palos Verdes resident, and the need for a skate park. Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in February after a Palmdale teen died while skating on a San Pedro street at high speeds.

The City of Rolling Hills Estates in its master plan for .

Tuesday's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Do you think skateboarding should be prohibited on city streets? Tell us in the comments section below.

Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry July 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
No. Think about what you are suggesting. How is a kid supposed to get to this swanky skate park? Unless the kid lives there, he won't be using it. Spending money on a skate park does not empower our city council, or anybody else, to criminalize a kid for using a skateboard on our streets. Do bicycles disturb you too? We certainly shouldn't overlook joggers. Joggers endanger drivers, pedestrians, and themselves simply by being on our streets. Joggers are a menace. Of course, I'm kidding -- kinda. But our City Council isn't kidding at all. They are serious about this. We elected these City Council representatives. So stop them. Make this go away.
robin July 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Joggers, bicyclists, walkers, even rollers of all kinds are a menace. They do not use the path that is marked for them. Rather they use the middle of the street. I know, I drive this hill several times a day. Many joggers and walkers see a motorized vehicle coming and don't bother getting out of the way... Rolling Hills residences - hint hint. Then we get cussed at for not going around. MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. At least kids get out of the way, when enjoying their sport of skateboarding. Making it illegal is NOT the answer.
janet July 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I said no because I agreed kids should not be on the hills RPV mentioned. I can tell you Ganado drive has at least a 60% grade slope. Would you send your kid down it?
robin July 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I have one suggestion that will solve the problem of these streets that are becoming more and more like the rest of Los Angeles, STOP THE OVER DEVELOPMENT THAT IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL HERE. I grew up here when there was lot's to do. freedom to skate, ride, etc. It's so over populated now with a lot of complainers and bad drivers. banning skateboarding is NOT the answer. There is little to do now that is free. I watch kids all the time skateboard down our street. I love it. They're so courteous, nice kids having fun. Not bothering anyone. Can't say much for a lot of adults nor the city council that is destroying this community.
Mary Ann July 05, 2012 at 06:07 AM
It's undeniably dangerous to skate down Hawthorne (but thrilling so the kids do it after sundown. I don't see a problem skating between Crest/Ralphs and Pen Center/library. With poor or no sidewalks, working parents and diminishing bus service, using the skateboard as transportation in daylight is no more dangerous than cycling. My son has a car now, but without his skateboard he wouldn't have been able to work at Pen center to earn the money to but it!

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