The proposed ban on skateboarding in most of downtown Charleston is on hold.
Instead, the idea is going to a committee for further study where boarders, police, residents and City Council members will hash out a compromise.
Among the areas to be discussed are keeping a prohibition zone for some areas, while for other areas there would be a governing set of rules of the road.
That includes mandates for boarders to stop at STOP signs, not go against one-way travel and to wear shoes.
“It makes perfect sense,” Councilman Mike Seekings said of the committee approach.
“One baby step at a time,” added Ryan Cockrell, executive director of “Pour It Now,” a local skateboard parks and riding advocacy group.
Last month, citing safety and civility concerns, Seekings backed a new “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 Street in the south, and nearly as far east-west as the Ashley and Cooper rivers.
The new map was designed to better define the no-skating zone that has been in effect. 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.
Skateboarders, however, called the idea too restrictive for what they contend is both a recreational and alternative mode of transportation.
The new plan is to form a committee where ideas can be exchanged.
The makeup will include three members of City Council, along with representatives of the skateboarding community, the College of Charleston, law enforcement and neighborhood and riding groups.
Cockrell said hearing from different groups will make the proposal most representative.
He also called the “rules of the road” suggestion for boarder conduct “totally reasonable.”
The group could begin meeting as soon as next week, and make a recommendation to City Council later this year.