Pads suck. Let's get rid of them! As many of you know, IASC has been working tirelessly for many years to change the laws affecting California's public skateparks. We were previously able to extend the bill which protects public skateparks, but in doing so, had to make some concessions. Recently, IASC has been working to remove the outdated clause under which skateparks must require elbow and knee pads to be worn while skating in public skateparks.
As any skateboarder knows, pads do not prevent serious injury and requiring them actually deters skateboarders from frequenting their local skateparks, and in many cases, forces them into the most dangerous place to skateboard: city streets. In 2008, IASC had a meeting with assemblywoman Lori Saldana, who picked up the cause and has been working to get the Assembly Bill 874 passed for California's skateboarders.
Now is the time for you to get involved. Please join IASC in a letter-writing campaign to help get this bill passed! Write a letter to your State Senator encouraging them to support AB 874. With your help, the pad laws will be removed, the tickets will stop, and skateboarders will skate freely in California's skateparks.
Below is an example of a letter you might send. Of course, a letter in your own words is the best representation of your support, but this one makes all the important points, so feel free to use it. And for your convenience, IASC has supplied some easy step-by-step instructions on how to get this done. Feel free to post this info on your web sites, and send it to your family, friends, staff, and fellow skateboarders. Let the letter writing campaign begin!
Step One: Find your assembly person. Enter your zip code to find your representative's information.
Step Two: Click on the name of all representatives found on your page. (This should bring up their email addresses in your email program.)
Step Three: Copy and paste the letter below, or write your own.
Step Four: This one is important! Replace the info in parentheses with the appropriate Senator's names and info about yourself. It is important to include your name and address so they know you are a California resident in their district (in other words, a current or future voter).
Note: You could also fax and / or postal mail this letter to the fax / address found on the representative's page, if that is how you prefer to communicate.
Dear Senator (insert the name or names of the senator in your district):
I am contacting you regarding Assembly Bill 874 (Saldana). I am a [skateboarder, parent of a skateboarder, skateboarding advocate, concerned citizen, etc.] who resides in your district. I urge you to support and vote for AB 874, which removes the requirement to wear elbow pads and knee pads at public skateparks and makes them helmet only.
Although counter-intuitive, the current law threatens child safety by prohibiting skaters without pads from using the safest possible environment for skateboarding, public skateparks, forcing them into the most dangerous place to skateboard: our cities streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.
AB 874 represents a more realistic and practical application of Section 115800. Passage of AB 874 encourages more kids to use public skateparks, eliminating the dangers of traffic, uneven surfaces and pedestrians.
Again, I kindly urge you to support AB 874.