Portland Police Target Skateboarders
Although the Portland City Council hasn’t decided what to do about skateboarding through part of the West Hills, the police have, at least temporarily, anyway. Enforcement. Between July 25 and August 8, Portland police spent about 25 hours monitoring the popular speed route that starts near the Zoo MAX stop and ends near West Burnside. Authorities wrote 33 citations, 10 of those to drivers, two to bicyclists and 21 to skateboarders, according to preliminary statistics.
In all, officers made 34 stops and gave 15 warnings. Police plan to continue enforcement for the foreseeable future but, as of last week, had not heard of any accidents or injuries in the area.
The stepped-up enforcement is in response to the proposed skateboarding ban near Washington Park, first pushed by Commissioner Randy Leonard in June. But Leonard delayed action until Sept. 5, allowing residents of Arlington Heights, skateboarders and city officials time to work out an agreement or compromise. And, apparently, to remind everyone traveling in the area to obey the traffic laws already on the books.