Introduction – Rules Of The Road
The following “SLAP” came from the IISA “Rules Of The Road”. SLAP is a mnemonic that covered “smart”, “legal”, “alert” and “polite” skating.
Safe skating’s a snap
when you remember to SLAP!
* Always wear your protective gear—helmet, wrist protection, elbow pads, knee pads
* Master the basics—striding, stopping, and turning
* Keep your equipment in proper working order
* Obey all traffic regulations. When on skates, you should consider yourself to be subject to the same obligations as a bicyclist or a driver of an automobile
* Skate under control at all times
* Watch out for road hazards
* Avoid water, oil, and sand
* Avoid traffic
* Skate on the right, pass on the left
* Announce your intentions by saying, “passing on your left”
* Always yield to pedestrians
Modern Update To The Rules Of The Road
The “SLAP” rules was a great mnemonic. If you can’t remember those or want a little more detail, we put together the 6 rules below.
1. Wear Safety Gear: Always wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads when inline skating.
2. Watch for Traffic: When skating on the roads, stay on the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals.
3. Stay Alert: Pay attention to your surroundings and stay aware of other skaters, cyclists, and pedestrians.
4. Don’t Crowd: Don’t skate in crowds or block other skaters.
5. Stay in Control: Always skate at a speed that is comfortable for you and maintain control of your skates.
6. Respect Others: Respect other skaters, cyclists, and pedestrians, and don’t engage in dangerous or aggressive skating.
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.