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COLUMBIA - Legalize skateboarding?

In downtown Columbia?

The Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health wants a 6-4 vote.

Those against plans to allow skateboarders on downtown streets are worried about safety. Also, they claim people will not trade their cars for skateboards and thus cut traffic congestion downtown.

The proposal, championed by Columbia resident Chris Bailey, would give skateboarders all the rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Skateboarding would still be prohibited on sidewalks, but make it okay on streets.

Currently city ordinance 14-5 prohibits skateboards, rollerskates, and any other "coaster" from any roadway in Columbia's special business district.

In addition to the Physical Fitness and Health Council's support, Bailey has also received support from the Pedestrian Network and the Bike Ped Commission. Bailey hopes the City Council will vote on the issue sometime in November.