Laws And Advocacy

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Written By Anson

Introduction – Legality Of Inline Skating

Inline skaters are battling on two fronts when it comes to ensuring the legality of the sport.  First, laws on state and local books often date from a time before modern inline skates were invented and, as such, only address rollerskates, dealing with them as toys.  Second,  many people – including legislators – view inline skates as worn only by young kids as they “grind” and tear up the local library’s steps.

Addressing this problem often has two strategies: 1) Establishing laws which recognize that inline skates can be worn by adults for transportation on city streets in a manner similar to bicycling and 2) providing acceptable locations (skate parks) for those skaters who wish to practice “aggressive” skating.

Below we have listed various resources for those of you involved in this arena.

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My name is Anson Nakamura and I have been inline skating for fun for 18 years. My friends and I skate at our local skate park and we just love to skate. I have been a big fan of the sport since I was a little kid. I started with a pair of Rollerblades that I got from a garage sale. I was terrible at first, but I kept at it and eventually I got pretty good.  Now, I can do all sorts of tricks and I love skating more than ever.  There's nothing quite like the feeling of cruising around on your skates, wind in your hair.  f you've never tried skating, I urge you to give it a go. It's an incredible feeling and you might just get hooked like I did.

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