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San Francisco Skateboarding Taskforce

Hi Skaters,

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.

Keep Rollin',

D. Miles Jr.

The GodFather of Skating

LEGISLATIVE DIGEST

[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.

Existing Law

  1. 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.
  2. 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 skates.

Amendments to Current Law

The proposed ordinance makes the following amendments:

  1. 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.
  2. Repeals the second, duplicative, Traffic Code section 100.
  3. Repeals Traffic Code sections 100.1 through 100.6, relating to the expired pilot program.
  4. Adds a new Traffic Code section 100.1 regulating the riding of skateboards in San Francisco, which:
  1. Prohibits the riding of skateboards upon roadways, as required by state law;
  2. 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.;
  3. Prohibits the riding of skateboards after dark without protective nightgear;
  4. Establishes penalties;
  5. And requires the City, subject to the availability of funds, to coordinate informational activities regarding this ordinance.

Background Information

                    These amendments were proposed by the Skateboarding Task Force.

Click here to read letters of opposition from the SAN and the Mayor's Office of Disabilities

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 Program

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

Click here to see the Skateboard Master Plan

Click here and see how Portland, Oregon has dealt with inline and skateboarding laws

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