Council chambers today.
(Photos © J.Maus/BikePortland)
A proposed amendment to Portland's city code that would ban skateboarding and "other similar devices powered exclusively by human power" (but thankfully, not bicycles) on several miles of roads in the West Hills and quadruple traffic fines on a host of related infractions, is on the agenda at City Council this morning.
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Since coming to light on June 11th, the proposed ban and fee increases have drawn concern from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Portland Police Bureau, and many in the community who feel such a hard-handed response to the issue is unneccessary. Residents of the Arlington Heights Neighborhood, led by board member Eric Nagle, pushed for the ban because they feel it's the only way to stop the high-speed skateboarding that has led to numerous injury collisions in the past year. (more...)