Recently I witnessed a police officer stop and harass a young boy for riding his skateboard on 2nd Street. The kid was minding his own business, not causing any problems.
Having teenage grandchildren, I also hear stories constantly of them being harassed for riding their skateboards anywhere in town. Evidently, it is okay for bicyclists to ride in the street but it is not okay for skateboarders to ride on the same streets. My first question is why are there different rules for the two?
In my experience as a resident of this town, and as an elderly disabled person, the skateboarders are, in general, always very courteous to me. If I'm riding my scooter, they always make a point to get out of my way, and they always go out of their way to help me if I need it. They stop to open the door for me when I go into the post office. I have never experienced the same courtesies from a single bicyclist. I can honestly say I don't even get that same respect or courtesy from the adults in this community. They would just as soon let the door hit you in the face than take a moment out of their day to hold it for you.
The point is that it appears the young skateboarders are getting singled out and harassed as if they were all misbehaved troublemakers when they are actually the more well-behaved and courteous group. If our community feels the need to continue treating them this way, then they need to come up with more places the kids can ride without getting harassed all the time.
We need to consider that these kids are our future and will eventually be making the rules and laws for us. Would we want them treating us the way we are currently treating them?