Skateboarders Now Allowed to Ride On City Streets in Business Districts

Skateboarders Now Allowed to Ride On City Streets in Business Districts
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Cars in Carthage now have to share the road with a slicker set of wheels.

Skateboarder Michael Johnson says “Nice thing is they allowed us to skate in the street and not on the sidewalk. Our sidewalks aren’t really good anyways for skating, so that’s a good privilege too.”

Skateboards are now allowed to roll around town in the city’s business districts. And for riders like Serenah Justice without a car it’s a big time saver getting to work.

She says “It makes a lot of sense because if you’re just like right down the road. There’s no reason to have to be able to get in your car. If you skate, you can just skate there and be there in a few minutes.”

The city council took up the issue when a couple wanting to longboard to have dinner downtown couldn’t skate through the town square because it was illegal.

Carthage City Councilman Brady Beckham “Shouldn’t these people who were doing nothing wrong, you know, why shouldn’t they be allowed to do that without breaking the law.”

Beckham spearheaded the effort and says it fits in with the city’s plan for greater connectivity.

“We really want to make the city accessible to people who want to be active with their families. And so we have this big thousand foot view of what we want to do. And this is really one example, of kind of dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s.”

Skateboarders are not legally classified as vehicles or considered pedestrians, so the new rules give boarders the freedom to choose which side of the road to travel.

Justice says “Now that we can skate anywhere on the roads that’ll give us a wider area of where to skate instead of being stuck to the little skate part that we have.”