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Council considers banning skateboards in Portland neighborhood

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Portland city council is considering banning skateboards from one southwest Portland neighborhood.

The steep streets and windy roads around Washington Park are popular with skateboarders.

But people who live in the neighborhood have long had complaints about what they see as reckless skateboarding.

"They totally crash. They're coming around Fairview onto Kingston, when they come around, there's no control because they're coming as fast as they can," said Cerise Joe, who said she's seen multiple skateboarders suffer scrapes and concussions.

She added, ""But our fear is that we're going to hit one. We're going to hit one. Not because we want to, but because it just is. It is an accident. But we live with the consequences of knowing we hit someone. Personally speaking, I would be devastated."

The proposed changes to the existing city ordinance would ban skateboards from ten streets:

  • SW Fairview Boulevard between SW Knights Boulevard and SW Kingston Avenue
  • SW Kingston Avenue between SW Tichner Drive and the Washington Park entrance
  • SW Tichner Drive between SW Kingston Avenue and SW Marconi Avenue;
  • SW Marconi Avenue
  • SW Park Place between SW Marconi Avenue and SW Wright Avenue
  • SW Lafayette Place
  • SW Hampshire Street between SW Lafayette Place and SW Champlain Drive
  • SW Champlain Drive between SW Hampshire Street and SW Rutland Terrace
  • SW Rutland Terrace
  • West Burnside Street from Skyline Boulevard to SW Vista Avenue

"Skateboarding is the kind of scene, they're going to go ahead and do it no matter what restrictions yo ureally place on it," said Aaron Birkis, a Portland resident. "Kind of seems like restricting it, they'd be really encouraging it in a roundabout way."

Birkis, who has participated in bicycle rides down the streets known as "zoobombing," said it's possible for people to skateboard safely down the streets.

"Shouldn't that be the person who's riding it's decision? And not the person who's seeing it happen?" he asked.

The council will discuss the proposed ordinance at their June 27 meeting. A vote is expected to take place in early July.

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