By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The entire world is currently looking for alternative transportation methods not only because of the impact that vehicles and most industries have had in the environment over the past decades but also due to the word pandemic. We can’t risk it right now and we all should be putting some kind of effort into this particular matter!
Skateboarders are doing their own little thing, just the fact that you use a vehicle that doesn’t have gas emissions contributes greatly to this particular cause, the industry has also taken this into account and boards and other materials used for the construction of skateboards come from renewable sources and most of the companies are certified by global organizations dedicated to bringing to a minimum the degree of impact that mass production of any kind of industry has on the environment.
California is currently making a very important statement in this particular matter that we should all be taking into consideration for action.
Skateboarding Being Overlooked
Californian skateboarding scene and its promoters requested that Governor Gavin Newsom recognize skateboarding as a viable and essential mode of transportation, the goal is to be able to obtain and designate skate repair shops as essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many local skate shops have been going out of business since sales have decreased greatly over the past few months for this particular reason, basically, kids are not able to hit the streets because of the restrictions and this is causing a real backlash for the industry worldwide! millions of people in California use skateboarding as an essential means of transportation to go to school and even their workplaces, and the community considers that their needs are being overlooked by Californias government.
The Go Skateboarding Foundation and the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) reached out to some of the most influential local political figures, California Senator Ben Allen, State Assembly Member Richard Bloom and Santa Monica City Council Member Greg Morena who have joined the skateboarders cause to get the help needed to the skateboarding community.
Executive Order N-33-20 issued by Governor Newsom on March 19, 2020, requires all Californians to stay at home and businesses to be closed except for a few exceptions, among those exceptions, we can find that bicycles and bicycle repair shops as listed as an essential business, but what happens to those who skate their way through the city?
“Like bicycling, skateboarding serves as a frequent and sometimes sole mode of transportation for many individuals. So, we hope that skate repair shops will be added to the list of essential businesses, just as bike repair shops are,” said Richard Bloom about this matter.
This is exactly what these guys are trying to accomplish! To make it possible for skaters to be off restrictions to use their boards as transportation and also help reactivate skate shops and skate related businesses in California.
How Can You Help?
Keep in mind that in California only, there are over 3.5 million skateboarders and over 150 skateboard industry brands employing more than 60,000 workers that you can help! how? The most important thing right now is to keep supporting your local skate shop, most places have online stores were you can get all of your skateboarding related goods!
You can also sign the petition made by these guys, share this information with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and all over the internet! and especially share this link with as many people as you can!!
There you have it my dudes and dudettes, hats off to all of the skateboarding community that it’s trying to make this possible! Nowadays is not so difficult to be able to create such petition once it has a solid ground, if you know someone in your city or country, maybe a retailer that it’s going through this same situation, make sure to share this information, this could be a step to follow across the globe for those that get their meals from skateboarding and are struggling right now.