Footpath safety concerns

Complaints from Oamaru business owners over the school summer holiday have led the Waitaki District Council and police to investigate ways of better publicising and policing the council's skateboarding bylaw.

Concerns were expressed about an increase in skateboarders riding on footpaths in the business district.

Pedestrian safety was an important concern and it was not only skateboarders seen regularly weaving between pedestrians but the users of mobility scooters, who sped along the footpath, Waitaki community safety officer Alison Banks said.

The Waitaki Guardians approached more than 40 young people during the Christmas period and gave them a copy of the bylaw and a map of the ban area.


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