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Bordeaux: the town hall no longer wants to ban the practice of skateboarding


Focusing on prevention rather than repression, the town hall of Bordeaux wishes to regulate the practice of skateboarding without resorting to prohibition orders.

Le Figaro Bordeaux

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It's a real change of tone.

The city of Bordeaux no longer wishes to prohibit the practice of skateboarding in certain places of the city but now encourages "

preventive rules of good conduct

", in order to resolve conflicts of use.

Since Tuesday, all the signs distributed in the city mentioning a ban on skateboarding have disappeared.

They have been replaced by new signage, which encourages people to avoid using their skateboard during certain time slots.

An approach defended by the municipality, for which the repression was ineffective.

Respect for everyone is the rule and will continue to be

,” explains Amine Smihi, deputy mayor in charge of tranquility, security, prevention and the maintenance of public space.


If we had to put up signs for all the nuisances, we would no longer have a place in town

", affirms the elected representative, who believes that "

skateboarding is not a problem, certain ways of skateboarding are one


Hence the mediation work that was carried out in order to arrive at these new rules surrounding the practice of skateboarding in Bordeaux.

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“Total limitations are ineffective”

On Tuesday, the municipal teams therefore replaced the old signage with panels of different colors, depending on the "


" identified.

The greens concern the skateparks, those in green and blue are placed on the places fitted out for skateboarding and the blue spots indicate spaces for "

free current practice


On the other hand, on the orange spots, where nuisances have been noted, recommended times as well as times "

to absolutely avoid

" are mentioned.

Each panel also includes a QR code with "

fallback zones

" for skaters.


Bordeaux has, for years, tried to regulate the practice via bans on certain places in the city center appreciated by skateboarders

", explains the municipality in its guide to Bordeaux skateboarding.

These total restrictions have proven to be ineffective and have generated conflicts, especially between skateboarders and local residents.

“The various prohibition orders issued during the previous term of office “

had no effect and were even counterproductive

”, specifies Amine Smihi, because they led to “

a feeling of mistrust


Despite their removal, “

common law applies to all

”, warns the elected official.

The city believes that it is acting "

in the sense of living together

», in order to appease the relations between all the users of the public space.

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The Bordeaux skateboarding guide will be updated regularly.

We are claiming our right to experiment

,” insists Amine Smihi.

Wishing to encourage the practice of skateboarding, considered "

a means of soft mobility and a very popular activity among young people, based on sport, culture and urban exploration

", Bordeaux also inaugurated last December a new skatepark on the Quai des Chartrons, "

one of the largest street areas in France, with a total area of ​​2375


A place rehabilitated after nine months of work and labeled "

Games preparation center

", with a view to the 2024 Olympic Games.

On the new signs installed by the city, there is no longer any mention of the prohibition orders issued by the previous majority.

Jean Cittone / Le Figaro

Source: lefigaro

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