I could hardly believe what I read. Where’s the allegation that skateboarding was a crime that warranted a Grand Haven councilman to state that: “Skateboarding was not a crime.” Did I miss a sentence? And then his statement that he doesn’t see the difference between bicycle riding, skateboarding or jogging on a street! I find such most contradictory with safety concepts.
Come on City Council! What’s happened to concern for safety of people using your public thoroughfares? The auto and truck driver driving streets designed, constructed, paid for by gas and license taxes, and maintained primarily for his/her use, has enough problems adhering to traffic signs, signals and other motor driven vehicles — let alone having to cope with bicyclists and joggers who sometimes display an unwillingness to recognize the competitive environment they are in. By such action they actually challenge their very existence.
While the vehicular drivers may like to think (and hope) the cyclist knows where he is, and is in full control of the bicycle, there is no assurance. The balance of the less-experienced riders (kids in particular) is a definite concern.
Skateboarders can’t claim even a positive directional control that bicycles have. A sudden swerve by a skateboarder from his/her intended direction could very possibly cause a passing auto or truck driver to swerve into an oncoming vehicle. I could cite numerous reasons that would cause a skateboarder’s swerving.
So I write: For safety’s sake, let’s continue keeping skateboarding off our streets.
— Cornell D. Beukema, Spring Lake