Cape Town skating bylaws dispute

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Cape Town - A fight is brewing between Cape Town city council members over a new skateboard policy for the city, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that transport, roads and stormwater mayoral committee member, Brett Herron, had set up a task team to create skate parks and roads for skaters.

The team would consider changing the city's bylaws to allow skaters on public roads.

But mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, had a different view.

He said he and other officials believed allowing skaters on public roads was not "wise".

"The uncontrolled use of public roads is dangerous", he said.

Skaters had complained that there were insufficient facilities to accommodate them and said they were being harassed with fines for being on public roads.

"If we want to build an inclusive city, then we have to ensure we do not leave anyone behind," Herron said.

He said it was up to the transport department to decide which roads could be designated for skating.

- SAPA

 
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