Johnson: Skateboarding Ban Dashes Olympic Dreams
Cheyenne City Councilman Richard Johnson says now that skateboarding is an Olympic sport, it shouldn't be a crime to skate downtown.
The International Olympic Committee voted in early August to include skateboarding in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
"It's like really, now we're going to make it outlawed to be Olympians," said Johnson.
Johnson, who started skateboarding in 1985, is trying to get the council to repeal a section of city code which prohibits skateboarding in the downtown area.
He says the popularity of a recent skateboarding contest, in which Big Brothers Big Sisters blocked off a portion of Carey Avenue, is another reason to change the law.
"Every single entity that you have to get a signature for on the permit signed off on it," said Johnson. "If we're going to allow things to be permitted in a downtown area where it's currently outlawed, why is it on the books to begin with?"
The ordinance will be on second reading when the City Council meets Monday night.
"It's pretty much up in the air," said Johnson. "I didn't go fish for votes, this is just something I'm passionate about."