PORTLAND -- The Portland City Council unanimously passed an Emergency Amended Skateboard Ordinance Wednesday that prohibits the use of skateboards or other similar devices overnight, in the neighborhoods surrounding Washington Park.
This allows police to begin issuing warnings now and after one week, police will start writing tickets to offenders. The tickets may carry fines up to $115.
The ordinance specifically prohibits skateboarding, roller skating or the use of non-motorized scooters on the neighborhood streets around the park between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. It also says that people using these devices who are under the age of 16 must wear helmets.
Residents in the area have long complained to the city about out-of-control skateboarders. At past council meetings, they have argued that the people racing down the steep slopes could cause serious injury to themselves or someone else. The ordinance described the practice as an "extreme thrill sport."
Commissioner Randy Leonard agreed, and led an effort to ban the dangerous skateboarders.
Ten streets in particular, near the zoo, have become hot spots. The new rules also state that skateboarders must now follow the same traffic rules as bicyclists, or face a ticket and fine.
Background: Area residents urge ban on skateboarders