Target: Portland Mayor Sam Adams
Goal: Don’t ban skateboarding on certain Portland streets.
In the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, residents have proposed a ban that will bar skateboarding and other skating sports on certain city streets. The ban is an effort to stop reckless skating activity made popular by the steep street grades. The ban will only punish skaters who follow the rules, however, and should not be enacted.
While many responsible skateboarders travel through these streets lawfully, daredevils enjoy racing down heedless of obstacles and oncoming traffic. The activity is known as ‘zoobombing’ due to the number of popular streets located near the Oregon Zoo. Supporters of the ban hope that blocking skateboarding on certain streets will dissuade skaters from zoobombing altogether, thereby preventing potential injuries. The ban targets activity that’s already clearly illegal, however, meaning that the only actual result would be impeding those who follow the rules.
Traveling by skateboard, roller blade, or scooter is a valuable form of physical activity for an increasingly lethargic population. It’s also an environmentally friendly form of travel, often replacing motorized vehicles for shorter trips. Skating should be encouraged, not discouraged, in the forward-thinking city of Portland. Let’s not punish an entire demographic for the poor choices of a few. By signing the petition below, you can ask Portland Mayor Sam Adams to vote against the misguided skateboarding ban.
Dear Mayor Adams,
Residents of the West Hills neighborhood in Portland have proposed a ban that will bar skateboarding and other skating activities on certain city streets. This ban is an effort to discourage dangerous activities on the steepest streets of the city. Unfortunately, the ban will only punish those who are following the rules, as it targets activity which is already clearly illegal.
Skating is an important source of exercise for the younger generations, and also serves as an environmentally sound mode of transportation replacing vehicles for shorter trips. The Wall Street Journal has heralded Portland as ‘the most skateboard-friendly town in America’, a distinction your city should be proud of. Don’t punish an entire demographic for the poor choices of a few. Please vote against the skateboarding ban.
[Your Name Here]
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