Skaters on streets?

Steve of Spring Lake asked, “This week while riding down South Harbor going toward the state park, in front of the Coast Guard Station four boys passed me on skateboards riding down the yellow center double lines. As one of the boys passed me, I asked him if what they were doing was legal, and he said it was. My question is: Is this really legal?”
Mark Brooky
Aug 4, 2014

 

ANSWER:

It is now in Grand Haven.

“In 2012, language prohibiting skateboards on city streets was removed from the (city’s) Code of Ordinances,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said.

Here’s the city ordinance that applies to your question, Steve:

Sec. 36-8. - Prohibited conduct in roadway or rights-of-way.
(a) A person while on foot or while using, riding or operating any vehicle or other device, whether motorized or self-propelled, shall not attach the same, or himself or herself, to a motor vehicle on a street or any public area designated for the parking of vehicles. No operator of a vehicle shall allow a person to attach himself or herself to the vehicle.

(c) No person shall use a skateboard, roller skates, in-line skates or bicycle upon any public place in an intentional, reckless, careless or negligent manner which causes or reasonably could cause any injury to the rider, to any other person, or cause damage to any property owned by any other person, including, without limitation, any public property.

Hawke said riding down the centerline of a street in the middle of motor vehicle traffic would be reckless or careless, and would violate the ordinance.

Skateboards are still not allowed on the boardwalk, or on downtown sidewalks between the last weekend in May through Labor Day.

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Comments

owell

I asked him if what they were doing was legal, and he said it was. My question is: Is this really legal?

ANSWER:
It is now in Grand Haven.

Hawke said riding down the center line of a street in the middle of motor vehicle traffic would be reckless or careless, and would violate the ordinance.

Makes me go hmmmm.

trekking

If GHDPS officers see the violation they will cite them. However the officers cannot be everywhere at once.

happycamper

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just-a-guy

No one is against kids being kids. No one is against kids riding skateboards or doing fancy tricks on their bicycles. Adults understand. And what they understand that some young kids don't. Is that it's wrong and dangerous to be doing certain things in the wrong place. "It,s all right as long they are not destroying property or injuring someone"
It's not alright, because kids don't pay enough attention. Or take into consideration all the things that can go wrong, or happen riding in traffic. Just today I had some young kid on a bike drive right through the intersection at Second St. and Howard. He rode right in front of me. Had I been driving a car instead of a scooter. Which allowed me to stop in time. He would be in the hospital or the morgue right now. He was paying no attention as to whether or not cars might be coming down Second St. towards him.
Kids will be kids, and because of that kids quite often make very poor decisions. Don't pay with cars in traffic on a skate board. You will always lose the game. And make a lot of people very sad.

bk1961

well happy I did jump off smith bridge in the 70 right with my dad but what does that have to do with skate boarding down the middle of the road , must be your kids hoping they get hit so u can sue someone get afe happy

just-a-guy

"As one of the boys passed me, I asked him if what they were doing was legal, and he said it was."
There is the problem. That kid thinks it's legal. Which is precisely why the City should cite every ridder they see doing things like this. So that the word gets around that it is
NOT LEGAL. Of course it will probably take an accident of some kind before anything is really done to keep the riders safe from themselves. Kids will be kids, but you can't let that sentiment over rule enforcing the ordinance.

"If GHDPS officers see the violation they will cite them. However the officers cannot be everywhere at once". They don't have to be everywhere at once. All they would have to do is spend half an hour in the old Power Plant parking lot on a busy day. And they could see all they need to see.

happycamper

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bk1961

its illegal to skate board down the middle of the road period happy get a fricken life if u think that's safe

happycamper

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jomo2000

"Skateboards are still not allowed on the boardwalk, or on downtown sidewalks between the last weekend in May through Labor Day."
Walking the boardwalk this summer, I've come very close to being hit by skateboarders; more times this year than others. There used to be signage stating the rules. Where are the signs now located?

Goyo

Skateboarders! Grand Haven gangsta thugs. Bust 'em! Obama put 'em up to it. (Vlad, we're waiting?) Another first world problem. Next thing you know illegals will skating over the boarder. It's all part of the plan to convert America to Islam.

thecatsmom

The kid knew it was illegal, didnt care...

opinionscount

We were just discussing this over dinner. Three incidences this past week with the skateboarders in the street: 1) In front of GH Middle School, riding the skateboard down the yellow line between two cars passing in opposite directions (How smart is that?) 2. Riding skateboard downhill toward on-coming traffic on Lake Avenue...basically playing "chicken" with the car heading toward them. 3. At the one way intersection near JW's Food & Spirits both lanes of traffic had to stop for 2 "adult" males (not kids) on skateboards who were riding back and forth across the street and grinding their skateboards on the sidewalk corners and walls of the building. It is absolutely unheard of. We have a multi-million dollar skatepark, and now the law allows them to play Russian Roulette with cars on the street? Guess who wins that one? It will take one of these kids getting hurt or possibly killed before it gets the attention of law enforcement and law makers. Sad, but if this continues, it will eventually happen.

 

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