LANCASTER – The Lancaster City Council voted Tuesday to ban skateboarding and roller skating from designated areas in downtown Lancaster.
The approved ordinance is a modified version of a proposal that drew criticism from several skateboarders at a packed city council meeting on July 24. (Read more here).
Following the last council meeting, the city invited representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, Artist Lofts, Pharmacy Board Shop, and the BLVD Association to discuss concerns and solutions that would be fair to all parties affected.
“We worked out, basically, a compromise,” said councilmember Marvin Crist, who attended the meeting on behalf of the council.
Crist said the compromise aims to limit the restrictions to the areas “where there really is a problem.”
Problem areas include Lancaster Boulevard, from 10th Street West to Beech Avenue. The skateboarding/rollerskating ban also extends to the westside of several surrounding side streets so “the pedestrians can be on one side of the street, and the skateboarders can be on the other side of the street,” Crist said.
“Skateboarders will be allowed to transition from the side streets to The Blvd,” Crist said. “Once they reach The Blvd, then they can get off the skateboard and carry them from that point.”
A modified map was created to identify the no skateboard areas for public right-of-ways. (View a map of the ‘No Skateboarding/ Rollerskating areas here.’)
The Ordinance also now includes reference to state law requiring helmets for skateboarders.
Violators would face fines ranging from $25 to $100. (View the ordinance here.).
The council voted 4-0 (with Ron Smith absent) to approve the ordinance.
“I’m glad they passed the ordinance, but I’d like to see the Sheriff’s Department enforce it,” said Artist Lofts tenant Piper Coolidge.