Laguna Beach delays skateboarding ban on steep street
The Laguna Beach City Council delayed a ban on downhill skateboarding on Skyline Drive after hearing the pleas of several young, experienced skateboarders.
After a packed hearing on Tuesday, the skateboarders claimed it was unfair to restrict skateboarding on the street because of the conduct of younger, less-experienced boarders — dubbed "groms," a term cribbed from surfing.
The council agreed to let law-abiding, experienced skateboarders and their parents use the next 60 days to bring unskilled rogue boarders up to speed on the rules of the road in Laguna Beach.
"The problem is younger kids who think they are ready for bigger hills like Skyline," said Nathan Meier, 14. "We need to teach these kids how to do it right."
Doing it right means following the rules established by the City Council in April 2011 and only in approved locations, including Skyline, the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reported.
The regulations restrict skateboarding to daylight hours, and boarders are required to wear helmets. They are prohibited from acrobatics, sitting or lying on the boards, and they must obey traffic laws such as not crossing the double yellow line.
Police Chief Paul Workman reported that complaints from Skyline Drive were of the most concern: There've been 19 reports of serious violations and seven calls from concerned people, prompting city staff to recommend the ban.
-- Barbara Diamond, Times Community News