Yes, you heard right, the City Council of Madrid wants to prohibit skateboarding in their first draft of a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance which caused quite a stir amongst local skateboarders and longboarders.
The content of the draft which aims to regulate traffic in the city and fight against air pollution, prioritizes pedestrians, limits traffic, and banes skateboarding from its streets.
If the draft becomes valid, the use of skateboards will be limited only to skateparks. This means it would be illegal to push around on roads, sidewalks, pedestrian zones, and even bicycle paths.
In contrast, scooters and motorized skates (Segway’s, electric scooters etc.) would be allowed at a pedestrian pace, if not exceeding 20 km/h.
Although cutting down traffic and trying to limit the harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions should be applauded, one could argue that banning skateboards as a means of transportation is plain nonsense. We all know it is a great alternative to get from point A to point B whilst burning only a few calories instead of fuel or electricity.