On April 11, a man was longboarding down the Lanfear hill when he wiped out and suffered a head injury that knocked him unconscious in the middle of the road, stopping traffic. A witness says the longboarder wasn’t wearing a helmet or any protective gear and was initially knocked unconscious from the impact.
In BC, everyone is required by law to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, but it’s not required for skateboarding or longboarding. There are no provincial rules regarding non-motorized skateboards or longboards, but many cities have enacted bylaws regulating their use.
The City of Terrace does not require helmets to be worn for skateboards or longboards, and according to the city’s street traffic bylaws, riding is not permitted on any sidewalk.
Should the city create a bylaw requiring skaters to wear helmets?