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L.A. City Council Bans Dangerous Skateboarding

The ordinance was written to curb "hill bombing" or speeding down steep hills in the city.

To stop skaters from dangerously speeding down steep hills — known as "hill bombing" — often without helmets or protective gear, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance forbidding it.

Police can now ticket skateboarders for surpassing 10 miles per hour in intersections or being towed by a vehicle. The ordinance also says skaters must ride skateboards standing up while on public property.

"Using, pushing, propelling or riding on a skateboard in a sitting, prone, kneeling or lying position is prohibited," the ordinance states. It also bans riding "recklessly or in such a manner or at such a speed as to cause or threaten to cause injury to himself or herself or to others.''

Two teenagers died from skateboarding injuries in the last year in a hilly part of San Pedro. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the area, backed the ordinance. A  on Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks. He was not wearing a helmet at the time.

"I'm not here to ban skateboarding," Buscaino said. "The last thing I want to do is bury another kid from reckless skateboarding."

Councilman Tony Cardenas called for more skate parks to give skateboarders a safer place to go. Councilman Ed Reyes asked the city to post signs near popular "bombing" locations.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he plans to sign the ordinance.

Is reckless skateboarding a problem in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments below.

This article was compiled with information from City News Service.

John August 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
That looks like a lot of fun.
Another WorldView August 09, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Seems like another solution - in search of a problem! Score another one for the idiotic, incompetent and corrupt LA City Council... I can see point of the ordinance, if it only talked about skateboarding in a way that's harming others (which is already against the common law, BTW) - but they have no right, to tell others about how to live their-own lives. If a skater goes too fast, they eat $hit, loose some skin - and learn a lesson. What did mankind do, prior to the advent and rise of these useless and posturing politicians? It's a miracle that we've made it this far. Perhaps if they keeping doing stupid s___ like this, and their planned dispensary ban - thay will actually do mankind a service, by pushing us along in our evolutionary journey; and showing us that we can all do much better for ourselves, without these stupid polticians, and their ridiculous nanny-STATE.
Sean McCarthy August 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is one time I agree with our baby sitting city council. I feel for the families of kids who crash and are hospitalized following a thrill ride down one of LA's more impressive sloping streets. I am even more concerned however about the potential liability to the city and innocent motorist who may hit a looney toon kid on a skate board. Curb their activities by whatever means possible. Don't back down.
Another WorldView August 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
You're talking about two kids in a city of millions, here, Sean. Clearly the events described are tragic - but how many kids die every year by sticking forks into light sockets? Should we outlaw forks and electricity next? There is also something called natural selection... And 10 MPH!????!!! WTF? Would we tolerate a 10 MPH speed limit for bikes, cars or runners? There are safe ways to do this... one involves having a friend or two down at the bottom of the hill, to stop traffic, or hit the walk signal on the light for you. Another method involves knowing how to turn and/or stop on your skateboard, before you hit something/one. You can turn to lose speed, or turn up onto a sidewalk, 'run it out', or look for a nice soft lawn or bush to bleed some of your speed off with (quite literally in some instances). In La Jolla, people 'bomb' Nautilus all the time, quite safely, I might add. In one instance a guy actually arranged to get a speeding ticket - the cop clocked him at 55 MPH. Skateboards are a great (evironmentally friendly) way to get around... unless the fun-police are second-guessing your every move.
Another WorldView August 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Also - as for liability - the city has that for pedestrians who fall down, too. Skateboarding, by contrast, is already considered a "dangerous sport". If anything, I'd think that their liability would be mitigated by that factor alone. The city didn't kill those kids, they did it themselves - albeit accidentally.

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