Skateboarders urge council to change skating laws downtown

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Skateboarders spoke out at Tuesday night's Charleston City Council meeting, hoping to change a law that keeps them from downtown Charleston streets.

Many skateboarders say they rely on their skateboards to get around, but risk getting tickets.

Council members heard from both skateboarders and residents who say they are fed up with getting pushed off the sidewalks.

"Just growing up skateboarding to class, being down here, seeing the sights and being able to travel around the city, I think it's a really good mode of transportation," one resident said Tuesday.

Because of safety, skateboards aren't allowed in commercially zoned areas or on roads where the speed limit is over 25 miles per hour.

Nearly 200 people have joined the Facebook group "Protest anti-skateboarding in Charleston.'

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