Skateboarding in Idaho is popular among young people and adults, and the capital city of Boise is taking notice. The city is constructing a state-of-the-art skate park underneath the freeway near downtown. Rhodes Skatepark is actually a renovation of the already-existing Rhodes Park, which was built in 1995.
Just like any sport, skateboarding has risks. Skateboarders often wear little to no padding, making hard crashes and impacts even worse. Keep the following safety tips in mind in order to have fun while skating safely:
Skateboarding Risks and Safety
Young people suffer the majority of skateboarding injuries in the US. Most of these injuries happen after skateboarders lose their balance or fail to land a jump or trick off of a ramp. Some of the most common skateboarding injuries include:
- Broken bones (arms and wrists are common)
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Deep cuts and bruises
Many injuries, especially broken arms and wrists, occur when skateboarders try to break their falls. The best way to avoid these kinds of injuries is using the right equipment and technique. Here are some of the basics:
- Elbow/knee pads and wrist guards can help minimize injuries after falls.
- Helmets are extremely important, just like in any potentially high-impact activity.
- Make sure it fits tightly and does not obstruct vision.
- Skateboards should have quality decks, grip-tape, wheels, trucks, and bearings.
- Don’t try unusually difficult jumps and tricks.
Laws about Skateboarding in Idaho
Skateboards fall under the category of “human-powered vehicles” in Idaho law, along with bicycles and roller skates. Generally, people skateboarding in Idaho have the same rights as car drivers on the road. On sidewalks, they have the same rights as pedestrians.
- “Skitching,” or holding onto a moving car while riding a skateboard, is extremely dangerous and illegal.
- The city of Boise has an “All Wheels Down Zone” in congested areas, where skateboard use is restricted. You can find more information about these restrictions and a map of the restricted zone here.
Policies about skateboarding in Idaho may vary from city-to-city. Check with your local city government or police department to find specifics about skateboarding in your city.
At Hansen Injury Law, we provide legal representation to injured Idahoans. If you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to receive compensation from the at-fault party or their insurance company. Contact us today to receive a free consultation about your case, or download a free copy of our Idaho Accident Book.