GR sets downtown skateboard hearing

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids city commissioners have set a date to hear ideas on allowing skateboard on downtown Grand Rapids streets.

Skateboards, long boards, roller blades and roller skates would be added to downtown traffic lanes. They still would be prohibited on sidewalks, at least under the current proposal.

First Ward City Commissioner Walt Gutowski suggests an east-west sidewalk corridor be developed.

Other commissioners suggested age restrictions and helmet requirements be added to the policy.

“We may have a number of amendments,” said Mayor George Heartwell.

The commission set a public hearing for April 14 on the measure, with a final vote tentatively scheduled for April 28th.

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