By DAVID BORAKS
Police Chief Jeanne Miller said she hopes to meet soon with local skateboarders as the town considers adopting new rules governing skateboarding in Davidson.
Miller pitched the idea to commissioners at their meeting July 10, saying she had begun studying whether the town should draft a new ordinance governing skateboard use in town. She said Friday she is continuing her research and has reached out to local skateboarders, especially those who use long boards.
The possible meeting, and Miller's research into how other municipalities deal with skateboarders, will help her as she drafts the proposed ordinance. She hopes the Town Board can take up the rules this fall – “sooner rather than later,” she said.
Miller said police are seeing more skateboarders on private property as well as public streets, and the town has seen serious incidents. The problem, Miller said, is that skateboarding is not addressed in state statutes or the town ordinance, nor are scooters, in-line skates, electric vehicles, etc.
One skateboarder was seriously injured last year while long boarding in Abersham park.
She also mentioned a May accident at Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive, where a Hough High student was hit while skateboarding on a crosswalk. That boy's family and others in the Bradford neighborhood have urged the town and DOT to consider safety improvements at the intersection.
Miller said she would like to see rules address skateboarding major streets and downtown. “The way I see this leaning,” Miller said Friday, “is that clearly there are parts of the town where there should not be skateboards, and Main Street would be one of them.”
She suggested the town might ask skateboarders to walk their boards between South Main Square and Depot Street at North Main.
Miller invites skateboarders to join in the conversation. Contact her at email@example.com or 704-892-5131.