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City votes to restrict riders

November 01, 2000

Jenna Bordelon

BURBANK -- The City Council took steps Tuesday to amend a city

ordinance dealing with the areas where scooter and skateboarding

aficionados are allowed to ride.

The council voted 4-0 to clean up language in the municipal code with

respect to designated areas in city parks that are off-limits to

self-propelled vehicles.

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Signs prohibiting skateboards, scooters and bicycles are posted around

most of the city's 25 parks, said Michael Flad, director of the Park,

Recreation and Community Services Department. Adding the words "other

designated areas" to the code will give those signs some teeth, he said.

"The object of the enforcement is not to prevent people from getting

to the activities in the park," he said. "It's to prevent damage to park

property and to promote the safety of people using the park."

Scuffed stair railings, splintered park benches and broken planters

have become big concerns, Flad said.

"We've already been citing kids," he said. "Riding your bicycle to the

park is different than riding your bike on the stairs."

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