Scooter riding popularity has increased and has developed into "trick" or "freestyle" scooter riding. The cities through out the state are concerned about their liability when scooter riders use a public skate park. Many cities have banned scooter usage in their parks because they are not on the Hazardous Recreational Activities list, as skateboarders. Scooter riders are being kicked out by police and even fined. We need your help in getting scootering added to the California Hazardous Recreational List, so cities will have the option to add scooter riding to current and new skateparks.
WHAT IS THE HAZARDOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES (HRA) LIST
California code 831.7 lists recreational activities that are considered a substantial rishk of injury to the participant or spectator.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE ALREADY ON THE HRA LIST?
The following activities are on the California HRA list: skateboarding, animal riding, bicycle racing or jumping, mountain biking, boating, skiing, hang gliding, kayaking, auto racting, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, skydiving, paragliding, surfing, trampolining, tree climbing, waterskiing, white water rafting and windsurfing, among others.
WHY SHOULD SCOOTERING BE ON THE HAZARDOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES LIST?
Scooter riding has increased in popularity. It is no longer about riding from one place to another. It now involves the use of scooter tricks, such as jumping over edges/spines, grinding, spinning the deck around near the ground, spinning the deck over the head, and actuallying doing flips with the scooter. If you want to see what some of the more experienced riders are doing, and why it might be considered hazardous, check this out.
WHY WOULD MY CITY WANT SCOOTERING ON THE HRA LIST?
When an activity is on the state hazardous recreational activities list, the liability for the city is limited. With skateboarding, the parks are required to put up signs that indicate that helmets, elbow and knee pads are required, as well as stating that it is a known hazardous recreational activity.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOTHING?
Scooter riders will be excluded from most public skateparks in the state, because many cities do not want the increased liability to allow the scooter riders in their parks. If freestyle scooter riders are not allowed in the part of the city designed for riding, then they may utilize areas not designed for them, such as stairs, rails, etc becoming a nuisance, as skaters were deemed. Right now scooter riders have very few places to ride.
WHAT CAN I DO BEYOND SIGNING THIS PETITION?
We have created a flyer that can be downloaded, printed and taken to your local scooter store, or pass out when you see other scooter families. You can also send the flyer to friends to spread the word. Download flyer here.
WHAT IF I'M NOT IN CALIFORNIA?
The scooter community all over the country is fighting for the right to ride! Even if you don't live in California, your state probably has a similar code that needs to be updated. We want scooter riders to have acessibility everywhere. We will do what we can to help your state or city as well.
WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?
Only your name, city, state and date of signature will show up on the petition. This will help state legislatures know what their constituants think about this issue and how important it is to them. You ARE the people!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SIGN IT TOO!
We are on instagram and twitter as @freedomtoscoot. We now have a facebook page - freedom to scoot. Read about other's experiences at www.FreedomToScoot.com
****July, 2012 - We need you to also write a letter to Senator Wyland, telling him your experiences directly. We are hoping he will choose to write a bill for us! http://cssrc.us/web/38/ Sentator Correa is also considering legistation as well - http://sd34.senate.ca.gov/
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