Skateboarding

 

Recognizing that a growing number of people use skateboards as a mode of transportation, the City of Victoria is allowing skateboard use on downtown streets.

City staff recent brought a report to Council about the new skateboarding bylaw that can be viewed here [PDF - 84 KB]. Since February, the City's priority has been to educate skateboarders regarding the new bylaw, however, several instances  of  people not following the rules around not skateboarding  on sidewalks have been reported. In response, the City is re-engaging the skateboarding communitywith an education/awareness campaign.

City bylaws allow for the use of a skateboard, roller skates, in-line skates, or a non-motorized scooter on City streets with an expectation that users will adhere to the same rights and responsibilities as a cyclist. The Parks Regulation Bylaw also allows the use of skateboards and similar devices on roads in parks and along designated paths.

Rules the City Encourages Skateboarders to Follow:

  • Ride as close to the right side of the street as you can
    or in a bike lane if one is available
  • No skateboarding on city sidewalks or in crosswalks is permitted at any time
  • Skateboarders must wear lights when skateboarding at night time
    or when it’s dark out
  • Ride single file not side by side
  • Keep at least one foot on the skateboard at all times when riding
  • Helmets are encouraged
  • The same rules of the road apply in the parks

Please note: warnings and fines may be issued for not following the rules. Fines under the Streets and Traffic Bylaw are $125. Fines under the Parks Regulation Bylaw range from $100 to $125.

Click here to view the new skateboarding bylaw.

Interested in Skateboarding in the City?

Skateboarding is an excellent form of exercise and a low carbon way to travel city streets. Victoria is highly walkable city and skateboarding provides the unique advantage of being able to go from surfing the streets to walking in a matter of seconds.

Skateboarding Video Series

Check out our skateboarding video series for an introduction to skateboarding in Victoria featuring Victoria City Councillor Jeremy Loveday and Mike Redpath–owner of the oldest skate shop in Victoria–Coastline Surf and Skate.

Want to get geared-up? Watch our video on skateboarding and safety gear, with local skateboarders Jake and Eric.

Get the Skate City Map

Download the Skate City Brochure [PDF - 3.9 MB] for quick access to skate parks, skateshops and skate-friendly businesses in Victoria, BC

Learn to Skateboard

Interested in learning to skate? Check out these skateboarding tutorial videos, demonstrating skateboard stopping techniques and an overview of safety gear.