Skating Rules of the Road

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Summer break has already begun for some area schools and students will soon be out and about, whether by car, bike, or another means of transportation.

When it comes to the rules of the road those on skateboards and Rollerblades are left guessing.

That's because the Kentucky driver manual doesn't list any!

"It includes how to test, how to prepare for a test, the laws of driving a vehicle, operating a commercial vehicle, or riding a bicycle safely on the roadways," Warren Circuit Clerk, Pat Goad said.

Goad issues drivers licenses as a part of her job and is very familiar with the driver manual. She said young people are suppose to read it before they take the driver's test to become familiar with the driving laws.

"Also other courtesies that a prudent driver would have to take in order to drive on our public roads," Goad said.

The driver manual covers everything from motor vehicles, motorcycles, to even bicycles, but there's nothing about skateboards or Rollerblades.

"Does that surprise you at all that nothing is in that manual?" WBKO asked one skater.

"Actually it kinda does because you would think it does! People riding a bike go the same way as traffic, but really skateboards or Rollerblades I never heard anything," Bowling Green skater, Steven Pace said.

Another skater said they probably should be included in the manual to make motorists more aware of them.

"If they see a skateboard or something, they're not gonna look out. I mean, they will, but not as much as a bike, because a bike you have to stay on the same road as traffic goes," Bowling Green skater, Taylor Licklider said.

So, where exactly do those on skateboards and Rollerblades belong when out on the road?

"Skateboards are gonna fall under pedestrians. We treat them just as we do pedestrians. Bicycles are supposed to travel on the right side of the roadway going with the traffic. Pedestrians need to be on the other side of the street, on the left side with oncoming traffic so they can see you coming up. Skateboarders would be the same way," Bowling Green Officer, Barry Pruitt said.

Officer Pruitt said people riding their skateboards and Rollerblades on the roadways are not a big problem in the area, especially with the opening of the new skatepark.

WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
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