Julian Skateboard Ordinance

DATE: December 7, 1999
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT: Julian Skateboard Ordinance 

SUMMARY:
Recreational opportunities and sports provide youth with physical and social outlets important for growth, development and exercise. With the increasing popularity of skateboarding, there is a growing number of young people skating in Julian. However, there is an increasing number of young people skating in areas dangerous to the skaters, as well as those around them. Skating has developed into a safety hazard in Julian, and is detrimental to the community, local tourism and business. The community of Julian has requested an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding on any public street, sidewalk, alley or plaza within specified limits in Julian. This Board letter introduces the ordinance.

Recommendation(s):
Vice Chairwoman Dianne Jacob Read title and waive further reading of the following ordinance (MAJORITY VOTE): AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 72.304 TO THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY CODE OF REGULATORY ORDINANCES RELATING TO SKATEBOARDING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF JULIAN

Introduce the ordinance for further Board consideration and adoption on December 14, 1999.

Fiscal Impact: 
There is no fiscal impact.

Background:
Recreational opportunities and sports provide youth with physical and social outlets important for growth, development and exercise. Alternative sports, such as skateboarding and in-line skating are gaining in popularity. As a result, venues such as skate parks have been, and continue to be, developed to provide safe facilities for interested youth. However, with the increasing popularity of skateboarding, there is an increasing number of young people skating in areas dangerous to the skaters as well as those around them. Heavy traffic sidewalks and streets have become a popular spot for children and young adults who ride skateboards. In Julian, skating has developed into a safety hazard, and is becoming detrimental to the community, local tourism and business. High speeds and lack of control on sidewalks could lead to potential injury between skaters and pedestrians. Furthermore, heavy vehicular traffic on Highway 79, which runs through the center of Julian, is a major concern for the safety of the skaters.

In addition to the potential for injury, the skaters cause damage to curbs, sidewalks and private property throughout the community. Julian also has a largely tourist based business district, and several concerns have been raised from local tour groups regarding pedestrian safety. Although supportive of the development of a skate park in the coming year, the community of Julian has requested an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding on any public street, sidewalk, alley or plaza within specified limits in Julian.

The ordinance is supported by local safety, business and community groups. This policy will prevent potential safety hazards and disruption of the town and its visitors.

I urge your support.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB 
Vice Chairwoman, Second District