SKATEBOARDS, SKATES AND SCOOTERS
is no skateboarding, skating or riding of scooters on
campus grounds. Once on campus riders should
carry or walk with their equipment. The Bike Barn has
secured racks and storage for skateboards, skates and
Below are website listings for skate parks in and around the Bay Area.
S.F, Berkeley, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Redwood City, San Leandro, Menlo Park:
Bay Area Bike Trails
YMCA Millbrae Skate Park
Irregular riding surfaces account for over half the skateboarding injuries due to falls. Before riding, skateboarders should screen the area where they will be riding by checking for holes, bumps, rocks and any debris. Areas set aside especially for skateboarding generally have smoother riding surfaces. Skateboarding in the street can result in collisions with cars causing serious injury and even death.
There are boards with varying characteristics for different types of riding (i.e., slalom, freestyle, or speed). Some boards are rated as to the weight of the intended user. Before using their boards, riders should check them for hazards, such as loose, broken, or cracked parts; sharp edges on metal boards; slippery top surface; and wheels with nicks and cracks. Serious defects should be corrected by a qualified repairman.
Protective gear, such as closed, slip-resistant shoes, helmets, and specially designed padding, may not fully protect skateboarders from fractures, but its use is recommended as such gear that can reduce the number and severity of injuries.
Padded jackets and shorts are available, as well as padding for hips, knees, elbows, wrist braces and special skateboarding gloves. All of this protective gear will help absorb the impact of a fall. With protective gear, it is important to look for comfort, design, and function. The gear should not interfere with the skater's movement, vision, or hearing.
The protective gear currently on the market is not subject to Federal performance standards, and, therefore, careful selection is necessary. In a helmet, for example, look for proper fit and a chin strap; make sure the helmet does not block the rider's vision and hearing. Body padding should fit comfortably. If padding is too tight, it could restrict circulation and reduce the skater's ability to move freely. Loose-fitting padding, on the other hand, could slip off or slide out of position.
TIPS FOR USING A SKATEBOARD
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following suggestions for safe skate-boarding:
• Never ride in the street.
• Don't take chances:
o Complicated tricks require careful practice and a specially designed area
o Only one person per skateboard
o Never hitch a ride from a car, bus, truck, bicycle, etc.
• Learning how to fall in case of an accident may help reduce your chances of being seriously injured.
o If you are losing your balance, crouch down on the skateboard so that you will not have so far to fall.
o In a fall, try to land on the fleshy parts of your body.
o If you fall, try to roll rather than absorb the force with your arms.
o Even though it may be difficult, during a fall try to relax your body, rather than stiffen.