They Be Rolling: 4 Skateboard Friendly Cities (And 4 Not So..)

Where to skate or not to skate, that is the question.

Now to some of the not so friendly bunch. These cities are known to provide some world class spots but not without a side of trouble…

1) Barcelona

The legendary skate city came under fire when it hosted the X Games last year and banned skateboarding in public places for the duration of the games. Madness! But it was back in 2005 that laws passed by the council made it a less friendly place to skate. It’s definitely not brought an end to the scene there (not at all), just made it a little less sure..

2) Bristol

In March this year it was reported that Bristol (an iconic UK city of skate) was trying to pass some bylaws which would do away with all sorts of fun activities in more than 200 parks and open spaces. Activities such as tree climbing and  skateboarding.. two of our favourite things to do, we do not like the sound of that!

3) Philadelphia

Being host of the X Games two years running and being the home of Love Park, Philly made a name for itself in the skate world in the early 00’s. Then all of a sudden it whacked on a fine for those skating the streets and more recently skating public art. Don’t chip it or you’ll have to chip in with a hefty fine.

4) LA

Yes LA is a city of skate, from Venice Beach to Hollywood High, but sometimes things can get a little unfriendly in town! Introducing a law making it illegal to bomb hills and skate over 10mph, you can even get into trouble for skating on the wrong side of the street… which side is that?



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