A councilman proposed Wednesday that bikes, scooters, inline skates and other wheeled recreational equipment be allowed at 25 skate parks under the control of Los Angeles.
According to a motion introduced by Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August revises an old state code that discouraged the use of skate parks by anyone except skateboarders, by making it tougher for cities to defend a lawsuit filed by an injured inline skater or cyclist compared to an injured skateboarder. AB 1146 takes effect on Jan. 1.
Buscaino's motion seeks to amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code to allow the other forms of wheeled recreational equipment at skate parks.
"Removing the ban would encourage more use of public parks by active youth, align our city's laws with the already popularly adopted and accepted practices of our public, increase the value that skate parks bring to the communities they serve, and eliminate the inconsistent enforcement of the ban at skate parks," the motion states.