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PHOTO GALLERY: Skateboarders hope to skate on Columbia streets

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 3:49 p.m. CDT; updated 10:32 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Torin Hunter, 19, catches air at the Columbia Skate Park on Tuesday. The park located in Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area. Hunter is hopeful of a change to allow skating in other parts of the city. "I'm looking forward to it," said Hunter. "I think its awesome that they're making it more accessible and making it a lot easier to people to skate downtown."

During its next meeting, the Columbia City Council might consider an ordinance approved by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission on Sept. 21 to allow skateboarding in more parts of the city.

As part of the ordinance, skaters would be allowed to skateboard downtown on city streets but not on sidewalks. In other parts of the city, skaters would be allowed on sidewalks and streets, as long as they followed the regulations currently in place for cyclists.

A skater skates at the Columbia Skate Park on Tuesday. The park is located in Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area. Currently, skating is permitted in the park but disallowed in other parts of Columbia, including downtown.
Luke Creamer, 9, practices skating at the Columbia Skate Park on Tuesday. The park is located in Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area. Creamer recently took up skating as the school year began and thinks skating in other parts of the city would be cool. "That'd be pretty cool," said Creamer. "I'd be able to do like small tricks [with my skateboard]."
Torin Hunter holds his board before going down a ramp at the Columbia Skate Park on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Hunter recently moved to Columbia and began skating again.

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Ken Geringer October 26, 2011 | 4:21 p.m.

Wonder what the over/under would be for traffic scofflaws as measured against bicyclists.

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Derrick Fogle October 26, 2011 | 4:46 p.m.

Or against auto speeders, for that matter.

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