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Laguna Beach may ban downhill skateboarding on yet another street

The City Council in Laguna Beach will decide Tuesday whether to extend a ban on skateboarding to another street, potentially taking away a winding, hilly road in the city where skateboarding has long been subject to debate.

Last spring, the council voted to implement certain restrictions on boarding: It must be during daylight hours; a helmet must be worn; and no acrobatics, luge, sitting or lying on the skateboard is permitted. And on eight other streets -- choice spots for speed boarders, or the most dangerous to opponents -- boarding was banned altogether.

Skyline Drive is the street where banning skateboarding is under consideration.

When the issue of restrictions and bans were first being discussed, in 2010, it boiled down to a showdown between young people and the adults demanding that they to slow down.

Older residents complained of close encounters with potentially devastating accidents. But some of the young skateboarders scoffed that, well, the grownups just didn't understand: they actually had a fair amount of control of the board.

"If the cars are going as fast as us, they're probably speeding," one then-15-year-old told The Times in 2010. "They don't think we have as much control as we actually do. We're not just standing on planks of wood bombing down hills."


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