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Eugene May Allow Skateboards On Streets

Skate boarders may soon have more places to ride in Eugene. The City is considering making it legal for them to use streets and bike paths.

City of Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Lee Shoemaker says he's heard from skate boarders who complain they can't skate on the streets or sidewalk in downtown and by the U of O campus. It's currently illegal to skateboard on Eugene's streets.

Shoemaker: "

And one of the things that's happening now we're getting, this kind of, maybe even world class skate park, certainly one of the largest in the nation, and maybe that will generate even more skateboarding."

The new Eugene Skate Park is slated to open next year. The City is also considering expanding the area in downtown Eugene where skateboards and bikes are prohibited from sidewalks. The other proposal is to allow electric assist bicycles on off-street shared use paths.

The City of Eugene will hold a public open house on the proposed rule changes Monday night from 5:30 to 7 at the Downtown Library.

You can comment on the proposed changes by contacting Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker: lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us or call 541-682-5471.

 

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.