Rules for skate park 'shrediquette' knock Blenheim scooter riders

Jack Hall says the skate park in Blenheim is for everyone, not just skaters.
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Jack Hall says the skate park in Blenheim is for everyone, not just skaters.

How old is too old to ride a scooter?

It's a question that is sure to keep popping up with their growing popularity.

Well, a list of 'shrediquette' rules at a Blenheim skate park claims to have the answer. 

BMX rider Nick Henry, left, and skater Kerry Males say sharing the skate park is all about respect, no matter what you ride.
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BMX rider Nick Henry, left, and skater Kerry Males say sharing the skate park is all about respect, no matter what you ride.

It says anyone with a driver's licence, facial hair or a high school diploma should definitely switch to skateboarding.

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A $60,000 revamp of the skate park opened last week, complete with new drop-in bowl.

Rule #7: "If you have a licence, facial hair or recently graduated high school you are too old to ride a scooter."
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Rule #7: "If you have a licence, facial hair or recently graduated high school you are too old to ride a scooter."

The sign was created by Blenheim Skateboarding Club to encourage safety while permanent signage was being made.

President Jason Scammell​ said the dig directed towards scooters was only banter but admitted it could be seen as exclusionary. 

"The skate park is for everyone and not just skaters," he said.

"I'm not for the sign, it's a bit funny but I didn't agree to putting that part in there."

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Among the other 'shrediquette' rules were, 'Don't be a jerk', 'Do not wax anything' and 'Leave it better than you found it'.

A permanent sign on appropriate skate park behaviour was unlikely to include the tongue-in-cheek rule about scooters, Scammell said.

Student Jack Hall, 14, was one of many scooter riders who was surprised to see the rules at the entrance to the revamped Blenheim skate park.

"I'm close to that age and they are saying I should stop, but I shouldn't have to if I don't want to," Hall said.

"I get that it's a bit of a joke but it can offend and I don't think it should be up in public.

"I want to tell the kids who see the sign not to give up."

Scooter riding was a professional sport and people should not stop at adolescence simply because others wanted them to, Hall said.

Skateboarder Kerry Males said the sign did raise good points on how to behave in a skate park.

"People need to treat the skate park as a sporting field and not as a playground," he said.

"When you're going full speed you need to keep your eye on your own path and not on others around you.

"People can ride whatever they want so long as they have respect for others."

The skate park revamp was badly needed after 13 years of operation, Males said.

"They have offered more terrain and obstacles for local skaters to progress with their skills," he said.

An official opening for the skate park, including music and a skate competition, was planned for January, Scammell said.

 - The Marlborough Express

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