The Skateboarding Scourge

How bad is the skateboard scourge in San Francisco? How bad can it be?

I see these signs everywhere. Do police like to pop skateboarders?

I also see bolts on railings. Landlords fighting against kids grinding.

Are you one or the other – popping Ollies or popping vandals?

I used to be a skateboarder, way back in the day. Today I would just pop a hernia, breaking my ass in the process.

3 Comments so far

  1. TinMan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    Those signs are all over California, not just San Francisco and as far as I can tell, skateboarding isn’t a “scourge”.

    Used properly, they are fine alternative transports and naturally there are some great athletes who do incredible things on them, but there’s a time and place and the Powers That Be have deemed that sidewalks are for pedestrians, mostly in fear of litigation-happy Americans.

    Most towns probably have a no-skateboarding-on-sidewalks law on the books, but unless it has been a problem, you probably won’t see a sign.

    Thus, my assumption is that someone sued the City one day and shortly thereafter, signs were posted in places where skateboarders congregate.

    I’m a California native and I have never seen a peace officer cite a skateboarder. That’s fine by me: the cops here have more inportant things they should focus on (like people who assault others in order to get the latest and greatest videogame console).


  2. 49Giants (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    This has nothing to do with skating in the City, but…

    A few months back, I was watching CMC, the local music video show, and saw a hip hop video featuring skaters. I thought, hmm, interesting. And the lyrics, they were all about this guy skating back in the day. The song uses skating as a coming-of-age story. And the horns in the song! Very early 90’s. I was a fan.

    I later learned the song was “Kick Push” by Lupe Fiasco, who is, in my opinion the best “mainstream” lyricist since Mos Def and Talib Kweli. He did a show at Ruby Skye a while back and tore shit up.

    Those Chicago rappers are definitely on to something.


  3. anna (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    I love the ornamental anti-skate sea creatures bolted on the embarcadero cement balustrades. Skating isn’t a crime, but being an obnoxious teenager with little respect for other people, or public seated areas… or personal property… is. Seeing skaters going down steep streets wearing all black and not obeying stop signs… totally what my suburban friends would do when we were young. Fun & dumb or… just dumb. It’s the city as a playground to rip up, not as a place where a lot of people live (sometimes happily) in a close vicinity.



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