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Skateboarding Speed Limit: Hill Bombing Prompts New Skateboarding Speed Limits In LA

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/ 3/2012 1:03 pm Updated: 05/ 3/2012 2:09 pm

In a unanimous vote on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles City Council has decided to move forward in drafting a speedlimit ordinance for skateboarders designed to prevent them from exceeding 25 miles per hour.

The vote comes on the heels of a dangerous new skateboarding trend called "hill bombing" or "bombing." Hill bombing is when skateboarders race down hills at high speeds, while neglecting traffic laws, often at speeds surpassing 40 miles per hour, reports LAist.

"There's no brakes on these things," said Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander to KABC. Skateboarders "lose control, and they die or worse, end up as vegetables, brain dead," he continued.

In the last six months, two teenagers have died in San Pedro due to injuries sustained while "bombing," reports KTLA. The new skateboarding speed limit will resemble an existing speed limit on bicycles.

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  • Most Epic Hill Bombing Ever

    Jeremy Neel bombs Mount Helix in San Diego, California. The song is "Ecstasy of Gold," by the one and only Ennio Morricone. Shot, directed, and edited by James Mills. Shot and cut Wednesday, November 25th, 2010.

  • hill bomb

    coranado and sunset blvd - LA

  • Skating a Long Hill in LA

    This is in Beverly Hills, California. The hill was super long, took 15 minutes to get down.

  • paddle skate, thomas bombing a hill in traffic in LA

  • Mulholand Highway Longboarding

    Testing the last leg of a sweet downhill run in Malibu California. this is where th Mulhholand hwy connects with hwy 1, and the pacific

  • La Corona De Cuesto Abajo - Corona Longboarding

    The Crown of Downhill!!! These are the boys of Corona Longboarding!!! Bombing, shredding, and gripping 24/7!! Watch as they mob down local hills and even travel to mysterious lands!!! Come skate with us in Corona!!! Corona Longboarding is on Facebook!! Bomb-a-hill.tumblr.com

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