Skate­board­ing in Austin

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 29 Cen­tral Texas Di­gest item “De­vel­oper’s son hos­pi­tal­ized.”

Gary Bradley’s son was in­jured, crit­i­cally, while skate­board­ing in a park­ing garage. It was a tragic ac­ci­dent (which in a sport like skate­board­ing does hap­pen) and I wish the Bradley fam­ily the best and hope for his quick re­cov­ery.

Austin is not a skate-friendly town, de­spite the fact that board­ing is one of the green­est things you can do. I re­ceived a ticket for rid­ing in the bike lane, yet bi­cy­cles can ba­si­cally ride wher­ever they want with im­punity. The se­vere im­bal­ance of or­di­nances against board­ers, be they long or short board­ers, but in fa­vor of bi­cy­cles is why you will find groups of them in down­town park­ing garages. Jeff Brad­dock austin

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