Skateboarder’s close call brings sidewalk request

The in basket: Andrea Wolber wrote on Oct. 16 to say, “Watched a near-miss between a skateboarder and minivan on Silverdale Way. I pulled over to check on the driver who was clearly shaken.

“Any plans to install sidewalks near the skateboard park?” she asked. “Increasing numbers of skateboarders weaving in and out of traffic, on the shoulder, especially at night, is a fatality waiting to happen.”

The out basket: Kitsap County, and just about any other jurisdiction, won’t build sidewalks unless they are part of a larger project with other objectives. They other way sidewalks get built is when a developer offers or is required to put them in as part of his or her project.

There are no such county or private developments planned near the skate park, says Doug Bear of Kitsap County public works, so the chances for sidewalks there any time soon are remote.

3 thoughts on “Skateboarder’s close call brings sidewalk request

  1. About a half-dozen years back, I was driving along Silverdale Way, headed south, right next to the Great Clips shop, when a skater flipped his board out, to avoid losing himself under my van. He was OK (a little shaken, no doubt), and his board was OK. The nose of the board left a pretty deep dent in the rocker panel on my van, but nothing really serious. Had the guy on the skateboard not been ready to bail, he would have gotten hurt, rather than embarassed. But I figure that accidents will happen, even if it is because of an error in judgment on the skaters’ part. My issue is with drivers who have to be going well over the speed limit, taking corners when it isn’t their turn to go, etc.. Pedestrians are not safe around them, either. The many skaters I have seen are pretty adept at dealing with traffic, but nobody can dodge some of the careless drivers out there.

  2. Skateboarders are partially responsible for thier own safety. If they are weaving in and out of traffic, it is thme for thier parents to take control. If the parents don’t do it Darwin will

  3. The in basket: Andrea Wolber wrote on Oct. 16 to say, “Watched a near-miss between a skateboarder and minivan on Silverdale Way. I pulled over to check on the driver who was clearly shaken.

    so she just hit the skateboarder a little? it was almost a miss.

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