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According to American Sports Data, there are 12.5 million skateboarders today, an increase of 60 percent since 1999.
Skateboarding has quickly become one of the most popular ways for students to get around campus. While skateboarding is a great, environmentally-friendly way to get around, there can be many dangers for riders who do not follow local rules or wear proper equipment.
The Sonoma State University Alternative Transportation Policy dictates proper use of skateboards (and other means such as scooters, bicycles and roller skates or blades) on campus. The policy requires that such means may only be used as a mode of transportation and in way that ensure the safety of our community. To ensure safety of all members of the campus community, skateboards are prohibited in:
- Under building eves
- Pathways or sidewalks designated for pedestrians
- Inside campus buildings
In addition, skateboards must travel slower than 5 miles per hour in areas where pedestrians are sharing pathways or sidewalks. Pedestrians always have the right of way on campus pathways and sidewalks.
Skateboarders and bicyclists may not perform tricks or stunts at any time on campus. Violators may be issued court citations for such violations.
Skateboarding, like bicycling, can be very dangerous if riders do not observe basic safety rules and wear proper equipment. Skateboarders may be involved in serious accidents involving other riders, pedestrians, vehicles or with just the environment. Skateboarders must be extra-cautious to avoid potholes and other hazards that may not effect others.
By wearing basic safety equipment, such as helmets and knee and elbow pads, riders can avoid the most common injuries. Skateboards under the age of 18 are required by state law to wear a helmet whenever riding.