Amber Li does not own a car or a bike but she is one
of an increasing number of people getting around Dunedin on a
completely different set of wheels.
The University of Otago language student bought a longboard
two months ago and has not looked back since.
She travels to lectures, rain or shine, on her longboard and
said it was pretty easy to learn and did not cost her
anything to run.
"I am really enjoying it, it is very easy."
Sport Otago marketing co-ordinator Amanda Dyer said anything
that helped people to be active in their everyday lives had
She said that while there was potential for conflict between
skateboarders and pedestrians, encouraging people to be
active was very important.
"This is the challenge we all have - trying to accommodate
pedestrians, cyclists and other road users, all competing for
the same space," Ms Dyer said.
There is a bylaw in Dunedin that prohibits skateboarding in
Moray Pl and several other busy pedestrian areas, like the
Esplanade at St Clair, the Botanic Garden, John Wickliffe
Plaza, Queen's Gardens and Princes St.
A recent police press release reminded youth not to
skateboard in prohibited areas, including central city malls
and Albion Lane.
Senior Constable Heather Rei said that skateboarding in those
areas was "extremely dangerous" and parents should make sure
their children knew about the bylaw.
Ms Li said she did not even know there was a bylaw but she
did not usually go through any of the banned areas anyway.
She said the footpaths along North Rd and Castle St to the
university were easy to negotiate.
• You are allowed on the road but must keep as close as
possible to the edge.
On the footpath:
• Ride carefully and show consideration for others on the
• Do not ride at speeds that put other footpath users at
• Give way to pedestrians and drivers of mobility vehicles.