Skateboarding and the Law

In California on September 30, 1997, thanks to Assembly Bill AB1296 and later Senate Bill SB994, Section 115800 of the Health and Safety Code was amended so that we actually have skateparks again. This is the best thing that has happened to the sport of skateboarding in the past 25 years. This bill frees local municipalities from the liabilities and dangers associated with skateboarding so that they can build public use skateparks. Thanks goes out to all the nice people that made this happen!!

Currently the Code reads as follows:

(a) No operator of a skateboard park shall permit any person to ride a skateboard therein, unless that person is wearing a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.
(b) With respect to any facility, owned or operated by a local public agency, that is designed and maintained for the purpose of recreational skateboard use, and that is not supervised on a regular basis, the requirements of subdivision (a) may be satisfied by compliance with the following: (1) Adoption by the local public agency of an ordinance requiring any person riding a skateboard at the facility to wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads. (2) The posting of signs at the facility affording reasonable notice that any person riding a skateboard in the facility must wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads, and that any person failing to do so will be subject to citation under the ordinance required by paragraph (1).
(c) "Local public agency" for purposes of this section includes, but is not limited to, a city, county, or city and county.
(d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2003.

One important aspect of this bill is that it requires ALL users to wear helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads. Remember, this is a state requirement, not a local requirement. After 20 years of skateboarding and hundreds of potentially life ending crashes, I fully agree with the intent and desire for the inclusion of this caveat. I am now old (35) and every fall hurts worse than the last, so I have to wear full pads just so that I can ride. Some riders are still too young or just too stupid to understand how much protective gear can protect you while improving your skating, so they make big arguments about not having to wear full pads. I was young once, I used to think this way. Anyway, say what you will about full pads, but most municipalities really only get down on the helmet rules. I can count to 10 the number of times in the past 5 years of riding in a skatepark that not having my helmet on would have lead to a serious brain injury or death following a major crash. I cannot stand by and say that it is cool to watch a 12 year old kid at the bottom of a bowl going into seizures resulting from not having head protection.

Please, show some respect for yourself and the people who worked so hard to get these parks built and wear your helmet.




  Oil Height
  Understanding Damping
  Low Speed Damping
  High Speed Damping
  Oil Locks
  Passive Elements
  Ride Height & Sag
  Squat & Jack
  Castor &Trail
  Understanding gearing
  Choosing a FDR gear
  Speedometer Recalibration
  Chains & Sprockets
  Motor Oils
  Oil Filters
  Oil Filter Testing
  Understaning The System
  The Throttle
  Power Comanders
  Gasoline & Octane
Rider Position & Controls
    CRG Levers
Breaking in a New Bike
Wave Rotors
Special Tools
  About Torque Wrenches
  Books to Own
2005 Honda CBR600RR
  All Crashed up
  Yoyodyne Slipper Clutch
  Speedometer Recalibration
  Yoyodyne Throttle
  HRC Throttle
  Tapered Roller Head Bearings
  PAIR / SMOG Removal
  Power Commander & Map
  Double Bubble Windscreen
  AIM Laptimer & Mount
  CRG Shorty Levers
  TCM Rear Rotor Modification
  1000RR Radial Master
  Factory Evo Star Shift Kit
  Frame Sliders
2001 Honda CBR600F4i
2004 600RR Shock Disassembly
Forums & Links
Dan Kyle Suspension Seminar
PVD Pro Slalom Trucks
Bearings & Lubrication
Skateboarding and the Law
Removing Skate Prevention Blocks
General Info
My Story
Shimano Mineral Oil
HollowTech II Bottom Brackets
Bicycle Chains
Chain Cleaning and Lube
Choosing One-Speed Gears
Wheel Components and Disk Wheel Lacing Patterns
GPS Dynomometer
Solid Models




This site has not been
updated since Fall 2006.

Since then, all new projects
have been place on my wiki

If you like what you see on
this site, Make sure to go
to the wiki for even better