Charleston skateboard ban put on hold for more study
The move to ban skateboards in most of downtown Charleston has been put on hold while the idea goes to a committee for study.
City Councilman Mike Seekings said today a group is being formed that will come up with new regulations on skateboard travel.
He expects boarding to be banned in some areas, while in others, rules of the road to go into effect.
Among the changes he envisions are mandates that boarders stop at STOP signs, don’t go against one-way travel and a requirement to wear shoes.
The committee will include members of City Council and representatives of city police, skateboarders, Charleston Moves and neighborhoods.
Seekings earlier backed a “Skateboard Restricted Zone,” which would outlaw boarding in the heart of the city, including around the College of Charleston.
The proposed zone would have covered a roughly, 20-block area from Line Street in the north, to Broad Steet in the south, and nearly as far east-west as the Ashley and Cooper rivers.
According to Seekings,
the new map was an attempt to much better define the no-skating zone that has been in effect because the older version is unwieldy and difficult for police to enforce. That’s because the city’s current skateboard law is complicated: skateboarders may not travel on streets posted at more than 25 mph. They may ride on streets posted at 25 mph or less — except for downtown areas in a school overlay zone or with commercial zoning. A special city zoning map is needed to understand where those areas are, critics have said.