Embrace The Board: College Campuses Making Skateboards Work

Trailing right behind bicycles, skateboards are one of the most popular forms of active transportation across college campuses. For many students, skateboards are affordable, easily accessible, and reliable; allowing for them to maneuver across campuses in a quick and efficient manner.

Even with that being the case, there is still an ongoing discussion about whether or not skateboards should even be allowed on college campuses. On one hand, recreational use of skateboards creates a risk of injury and property damage; on the other hand skateboard use reduces the reliance on motorized transportation, promotes healthy lifestyles, and supports student culture.

While the idea of dealing with a skateboard filled campus may seem challenging, many colleges and universities have found ways to Embrace the Board and make skateboarding work. Let’s take a look at a few!

Arizona State University:

When it comes to ensuring campus safety while also advocating healthy eco-friendly lifestyle choices for students, Arizona State University has been doing it right!  In 2014, the university put into effect their “Walk-Only Zone” policy to improve safety, reducing the risks of conflict and collision between skateboarders and pedestrians in highly congested areas on campus. The policy was embraced by students and staff alike and has been going strong ever since.

To help with the transition into the “Walk Only Zones” policy, ASU turned to the SkateDock™.  The SkateDock™ provides the perfect parking solution for students once they dismount their boards in the designated zones. ASU even went the full mile and created a how to” video, announcing the addition of SkateDocks on campus and educating the students on the correct way to use them.

California State University Long Beach:

Promoting the responsible use of skateboards as an alternative method of transportation, CSU Long Beach established a list of rules and regulations that all campus skateboarders must follow. One regulation that’s made an immediate impact in enforcing safe skateboard use is the “All Wheel Policy.”

The “All Wheel Policy” requires every skateboarder on campus to have all four wheels of their board in contact with the ground at all times. This policy puts the responsibility in the hands of the skateboarder. Those that violate this rule or any of the other campus skateboard regulations run the risks of being cited. By monitoring campus skateboarders, the “All Wheel Policy” has helped schools to cut down on unsafe skateboard use, reduce reliance on motorized transportation, and keep skateboarding available as a healthy activity for students trying to get around.

San Diego State University :

For the longest time, San Diego State actually enforced a strict no skateboarding policy. “Bikes and skateboards previously were allowed only on a network of streets across and around campus but not in the central core because of accidents involving bicyclists and skateboarders hitting pedestrians.”  

Well, with a push from students to create a more sustainable campus, that finally changed about two years ago. Since then, the university has changed its rules and created a series of pathways throughout the campus for both skateboarders and cyclist, which the college hopes will promote more sustainable habits.   

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