Based on the proposed amendment, skateboarding would be allowed on public streets if riders were on the extreme right of the road, riding in a single file line, yielding to other vehicles and pedestrians, over the age of 15 years and wearing reflective clothing after dusk.
Riding a skateboard on the boardwalk would be changed to a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor.
John Butler — who owns the Smokin’ Mad Love longboard shop, 5 N. Seventh St. — said he was supportive of the idea of allowing skateboarding in Grand Haven streets.
“In cities like New York, they want skateboarders in the streets because it’s safer than the sidewalk,” he said.
Butler also said any worries about young children riding in the street were unfounded. “You don’t see a young child with training wheels riding in the streets,” he said.
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Capt. Rick Yonker said if the city were to pass an updated ordinance, the GHDPS command would like to tweak some of the language.
City Council approved an introductory ordinance on Tuesday.
“We will put together a final version and will bring it back next meeting,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
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