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Public hearing set for proposed downtown no-skate zones

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If passed, proposal will restrict skateboarders from using a number of downtown streets. (Source: photobucket) If passed, proposal will restrict skateboarders from using a number of downtown streets. (Source: photobucket)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Skateboards may have to come to a screeching halt in parts of downtown Charleston if new regulations are passed by City Council.

The Charleston Committee on Traffic and Transportation will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall. The hearing will allow the public to weigh in on a proposed set of rules and restricted zones for skateboarders.

The new rules and regulations will then immediately be presented to City Council for a first reading.

According to the proposal, skateboarders will not be able to ride on King, Meeting, Coming, Calhoun, and East Bay streets.

"At first what we are going to do is try to educate people, let them know there are good places to skateboard and bad, and the right ways to skateboard and wrong," said Mike Seekings with Charleston City Council District 8. "So if we can get the education out there, that's what it will be."

Seekings said if the proposal becomes official, other streets may become open to skateboarders.

"If it's adopted, we will expand the areas you can skateboard, including the College of Charleston which is right now out of bounds," said Seekings.

Ryan Cockrell, co-chair of the Skateboard Transportation Committee with Seekings, said he is against the no-skate zones defined in the proposal.

"I am in favor of ratifying the set of Rules of the Road included in the proposal, but staunchly against restricted areas of use for skateboard or any other self-propelled means of transportation, especially on the peninsula," said Cockrell.

Cockrell argued self-propelled means of transportation are "healthy, environmentally conscious, reduces congestion, and in Charleston especially, just makes sense."

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