San Francisco Skateboarding
For over 26 years, I have worked very hard to
served the San Francisco skating community for many years. Our latest effort to legalize
skating in San Francisco resulted in the San Francisco Skate Transit Pilot Program and the
creation of the San Francisco Skate Advisory Committee. A lot of my efforts
have involved skateboarding. On Thursday, Mar. 3, 2005, the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors appointed me to the San Francisco Skateboard Task Force.
There is an issue that needs your immediate attention and feedback. Very soon
there will be a meeting of the Board of Supervisors that would pass new legislation
concerning skateboarding in San Francisco. I believe it will essentially wipe out
gains made by the inline skating community through the SFSTPP while promoting the status
of skateboarders. While I have no problem with the changes for skateboarders, I am deeply
concerned about the implications of the legal status of inline skaters. This could
cause trouble for the Friday Night Skate drawing attention to its' legality. Inline
and roller skating goes back into the "toy vehicle" realm.
Check out the legislative digest below. Click here
to read the actual proposed lay with the changes identified If you care about
the future of skating or skateboarding in San Francisco, Please send me your opinions
right away!!!!!!! My first meeting as a Board Member of the San Francisco
Skateboarding Task Force is Thursday, Mar. 10.
D. Miles Jr.
The GodFather of Skating
[Regulating Skateboard Riders]
Ordinance amending the San Francisco Traffic Code by amending section 100 (Ord. No.
300 98) so that it no longer applies to skateboard riders; repealing a second
section 100 (Ord. No. 385-98); repealing sections 100.1 through 100.6, which established a
pilot program regulating roller and in-line skaters that has now expired; and adding a new
section 100.1, regulating the riding of skateboards in San Francisco.
- The San Francisco Traffic Code erroneously contains two sections 100 regulating the
riding of coasters, skateboards, toy vehicles and similar devices. These two sections
contain many identical provisions.
- Traffic Code sections 100.1 through 100.6 established a pilot program regulating roller
and in-line skaters that has now expired. Section 100.6 provides that upon the expiration
of the pilot program, the provisions of section 100 are to apply to roller and in-line
Amendments to Current Law
The proposed ordinance makes the following amendments:
- Amends the first Traffic Code section 100 (Ord. No. 300-98) to apply to roller or
in-line skates, but not skateboards, and to include a penalty provision, which is
contained in the second section 100.
- Repeals the second, duplicative, Traffic Code section 100.
- Repeals Traffic Code sections 100.1 through 100.6, relating to the expired pilot
- Adds a new Traffic Code section 100.1 regulating the riding of skateboards in San
- Prohibits the riding of skateboards upon roadways, as required by state law;
- Prohibits the riding of skateboards upon any sidewalk in a business district during the
business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
- Prohibits the riding of skateboards after dark without protective nightgear;
- Establishes penalties;
- And requires the City, subject to the availability of funds, to coordinate informational
activities regarding this ordinance.
These amendments were proposed by the Skateboarding Task Force.
Click here to read letters of opposition from the SAN and the Mayor's Office
Click here to read the actual proposed lay with the changes identified
Click here to read the legislative digest for the SF Skate Transit Pilot
Click here to read the actual language of the SF Skate Transit Pilot Program
Click here to read how inline skaters would
change the law
here to see the Skateboard Master Plan
Click here and see
how Portland, Oregon has dealt with inline and skateboarding laws
You are the skater to roll through