So here it starts to no surprise to many, I’m sure. The “Long-boarders & bikers, etc.” It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Too many, too often, too long and too visual; better shut it down in case something happens, right? Wrong!
We do this every spring. This soapbox thing is for my benefit. I am not known to many of these kids and my daughter is not a boarder but speaks respectfully of them from school. I do agree 100 per cent on helmets. Safety for our children is always number one. That’s a given, and most of them oblige.
To the drivers and walkers, of which I am both, I have not an incident to report. Maybe others have had close encounters or just don’t want them in “your part of town.” I am not privy to that information and can only guess.
We have had boarders/ bikers around since let me see – forever. We buy those things for them, probably the number one “grading gift” hands down. It’s what children do – like hockey, swimming and baseball. The major difference is those last three have designated areas or buildings to accommodate them. That certainly helps keeps everything under control, right?
Look, all I’m saying is we can’t pick what our children’s interests will be, but its importance to these young members of our community is obvious, and it’s time that those who can make moves to help facilitate them do so.
This is not a new issue by far, and while spending millions on designing Queens Place, it is sad to see them not considered and included in some section of that property. This is not a “rebellious sport” or teenage phase. What they do on these boards and bikes can be amazing, takes extreme skill with dedication and as much athleticism as any “acceptable” sport.
Say no to sitting around, say not to bullying, say no to drugs and alcohol, but say no to these “wheeled apparatus” every year, then these young folks will start saying yes to each of the previous! Now you weigh the pros and cons of that. Offer them a place, make them a place to call theirs, and that’s all they want.
You all love your hockey and ball. Just imagine how exciting and motivating a competition in this venue would be for them and local businesses.
To our amazing RCMP, we appreciate and understand this from your angle. Don’t get me wrong. But this would be the “the solution” to end this exhausted topic, don’t you think? Those boys (and girls if applicable) are bright, intelligent, do very well in school and are not troublesome – just what every community aspires to.