Const. Maury Tyre outlines some keys to safe skateboarding to the audience at the Friday night meeting.

Prince Rupert skateboarders urged to ride safely

The Prince Rupert RCMP held an education meeting for boarders and cyclists on Friday, aiming to prevent injuries and deaths.

The Prince Rupert RCMP held an education meeting for boarders and cyclists on Friday, aiming to prevent injuries and deaths on Prince Rupert roads.

The longboarder, skateboarder and bicycle safety meeting covered a variety of topics such as how to ride safer, RCMP and bylaw enforcement, as well as how motorists can share roadways with riders.

Const. Maury Tyre spearheaded to effort to hold the meeting after RCMP were requested to do an education program by the City of Prince Rupert. The city had received a number of complaints about boarders over the summer months, as did the RCMP.

“When people are calling and complaining to us … They are concerned about the safety of the individual they are calling about. They’re seeing what they deem as unsafe behaviour and their worried someone’s going to end up dead or injured,” Tyre said.

Tyre consulted with Marc Page and Steve Newman of Loaded Sports to get boarder’s perspectives, with Loaded Sports donating a number of prizes to be raffled off to those in attendance.

Tyre said if there’s one message people get out of the meeting, it’s to wear a helmet when riding on longboards, skateboards or bicycles.

“We need to change mentality. I look around Prince Rupert, and about one in 10 cyclists are wearing a helmet, and maybe one in 10 boarders,” he said.

Other main messages Tyre hopes riders remember is to follow road signage, and make sure they’re doing hand signals.

The Prince Rupert RCMP will be amping up bicycle enforcements, so Tyre encouraged anyone using a bike to ensure they know the rules of the Motor Vehicle Act, or else they could be fined.

While skateboards and longboards are not included in the Motor Vehicle Act, the city does have a bylaw banning the use of boards on roads in Prince Rupert. This means RCMP can fine riders $25 if they are doing things like impeding or obstructing traffic, not wearing helmets, failing to consider others on the road, street luging or doubling on a skateboard, failing to obey road signs and not wearing reflective equipment at night.

“It’s a relatively small fine, but it can add up very quickly,” Tyre said, adding if the person being fined is underage, their guardian will be notified.

RCMP cannot currently seize boards as a punishment, unless they feel the rider is doing something dangerous enough to kill them, in which case they can seize the board for a day.

“If we can’t curb the dangerous behaviour, there’s a good chance we will go to the city and ask for an increase in fines, and the ability to seize boards,” Tyre said, adding this is not something the RCMP want to do.

“We’re hoping people take this to heart, and we don’t have to see bigger punishments.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Coast home-grown ice talent Carly Edwards from Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert takes centre ice on TV competition show Battle of the Blades Thursday nights at 8 p.m., with her partner NHL partner Kris Versteeg. (Photo supplied)
Local figure skater spotlights on TV show’s center ice

Prince Rupert’s Carly Edwards is featured on TV competition show Battle of the Blades

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
PHOTOS: Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

B.C. Ferries is still providing ferry service between Tsawwassen and Victoria, 60 years later. (File - Black Press Media)
Ferry sailings cancelled for Oct. 29th and 30th

BC Ferries announces technical difficulties on Northern Expedition

Technical difficulties with the recording and broadcast of the Oct. 26 Prince Rupert City Council meeting mean residents were unable to watch on TV or online happenings in the meeting. (The Northern View file photo)
Technical difficulties leave public unable to access City Council meeting

Summary brief of Prince Rupert City Council meeting

Requests for proposals for the first stage of a water treatment facility project have been issued by the City of Prince Rupert on Oct. 26. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Water treatment facility project in Prince Rupert enters first phase

Prince Rupert seeks proposals for assessment of water quality supply and treatment options

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)
B.C. bus companies say they need help to survive COVID-19

Like airlines, motor coaches have lost most of their revenue

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement in relation to an incident in August 2020. (VPD handout)
Man, 24, charged with sex assault after allegedly posing as Uber driver in Vancouver

Investigators believe there could be more victims outside of the Vancouver area

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrive for annual Cascadia conference in Vancouver, Oct. 10, 2018. They have agreed to coordinate the permanent switch to daylight saving time. (B.C. government)
B.C. still awaiting U.S. approval to eliminate daylight saving time

Clocks going back one hour Nov. 1 in Washington too

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with US Vice-President Joe Biden on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, December 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A Biden presidency could mean good news for Canadian environment policy: observers

Experts and observers say even a U.S. outside the Paris agreement may ultimately end up in the same place

Most Read