End Pad Laws in California Skateparks!

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End Pad Laws in California Skateparks!

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 Recently, IASC has been working to remove the outdated clause under which skateparks must require elbow and knee pads to be worn while skating in public skateparks.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.

Thank you.

(Your name)
(Your address)

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(18) responses to: End Pad Laws in California Skateparks!

  1. pads should be a choice, not a requirement

    go away's Emeritar go away Posted:
  2. There's more of a chance for falling with being all constricted with pads and junk, My friend twisted his ankle because of it.

    BakedEmerican's Emeritar BakedEmerican Posted:

    nathan's Emeritar nathan Posted:
  4. i jsut wear maxi pads on my knees

    ratfink69's Emeritar ratfink69 Posted:
  5. ya fuck that i said stop this SHITTTTTTT

    ggggg's Emeritar ggggg Posted:
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    Cory Martinez's Emeritar Cory Martinez Posted:
  7. Wow i never knew that! Thats crazy i will defianatly be supporting the lose of tha law!

    bakerbaker's Emeritar bakerbaker Posted:
  8. pads sux balls. I broke my leg wearing pads and I'm pretty sure it were the pads fault.

    groat's Emeritar groat Posted:
  9. Fuck Pads, The y just fuck up a good day of skating.

    Nick's Emeritar Nick Posted:

    antipads's Emeritar antipads Posted:
  11. boobies

    jordann's Emeritar jordann Posted:
  12. get rid of the pads and pad nannies please. They just itch and make your arms smell like shit from the sweat.

    ZAKKKKK's Emeritar ZAKKKKK Posted:
  13. pads and helments are the reason i dont go to skate parks

    dtfurm09's Emeritar dtfurm09 Posted:
  14. pads
    they are protective but f**!k pads

    the crazy herrrrmano's Emeritar the crazy herrrrmano Posted:
  15. noott they rn't protective they just make it harder for u to skate

    crazy herrrrmano's Emeritar crazy herrrrmano Posted:
  16. Maybe it's good to mention that in most country's in europe pads arn't a requirement eather.

    those pads make you injure faster than normal. the posibility to intersept your fall is alot less then normal.

    Gl sending the letters boyz!

    CB's Emeritar CB Posted:
  17. wait, what about helmets, thats the issue, no?
    I aint trying to wear one, are you?

    hellmet's Emeritar hellmet Posted:
  18. I hate pads they make it harder 2 skate and they suck they just make u fall

    Jesse's Emeritar Jesse Posted:

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