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CSU Fullerton Preps to Ban Skateboards on Campus

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Crossing the campus from your Econ lecture to your Geology lab can be a pain in the ass, especially when time is tight and you're navigating a sea of student bodies plugged into iPods and hunched over text messages. For some, the solution is as easy as the four wheels of a skateboard.

But at Cal State Fullertion, if you're on wheels after October 6th, it's going to cost you. The campus has moved to ban skateboards, and will impose a $112.50 fine on offenders. And the no-wheels in ped zones applies to cyclists, too--at least those "who ride in heavy pedestrian areas on campus," according to the CSUF Police Chief quoted in today's OC Register. For now, skateboarders are being given warnings until the new policy goes into effect.

Other campuses in Southern California allow skateboards, but have strict rules governing their safe use, such as on UCLA's Westwood campus. There the Police Chief encourages the use of bicycles (and other wheeled ways to get around without a car) but also enforces safety. Some areas of the campus do not permit skateboarding, as described in their safety brochure: "Skateboarding or skating is prohibited on covered
walks, bikeways, roads, curbs, parking lots & structures, underpasses, interior courtyards, inside buildings, stairs, railings, exterior balconies, and handicap ramps." (Which seems to really only leave open sidewalks and walkways.) USC has similar policies: "Coasting devices are approved only for use as transportation on university property; their use for acrobatic or recreational purposes is prohibited. Persons may coast or ride upon any sidewalk or improved surface used for pedestrian purposes, provided they yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on foot."

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CSU Fullerton used to have similar policies, but were unable to enforce them, and now explains that "the directive from the President's Office is in response to injuries from students either falling from their skateboards or hitting people in heavy pedestrian areas. Bicyclists have also pedaled into pedestrians." Nearby campuses, like UCI, also have banned skateboards. So if someone can't ride right, everyone can't ride at all. CSU Fullerton students, you've been warned.

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