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Eugene May Allow Skateboards On Streets

Skate boarders may soon have more places to ride in Eugene. The City is considering making it legal for them to use streets and bike paths.

City of Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Lee Shoemaker says he's heard from skate boarders who complain they can't skate on the streets or sidewalk in downtown and by the U of O campus. It's currently illegal to skateboard on Eugene's streets.

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"We're also hearing from people that more and more people are are skateboarding. They want to make it a more viable transportation option." Lee Shoemaker, City of Eugene Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator

And one of the things that's happening now we're getting, this kind of, maybe even world class skate park, certainly one of the largest in the nation, and maybe that will generate even more skateboarding."

The new Eugene Skate Park is slated to open next year. The City is also considering expanding the area in downtown Eugene where skateboards and bikes are prohibited from sidewalks. The other proposal is to allow electric assist bicycles on off-street shared use paths.

The City of Eugene will hold a public open house on the proposed rule changes Monday night from 5:30 to 7 at the Downtown Library.

You can comment on the proposed changes by contacting Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker: lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us or call 541-682-5471.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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