Petition To Allow BMX Bicycles Into Watervliet Skate Park.
We, the undersigned, as residents of Watervliet, and surrounding communities support the use of BMX bicycles in the aforementioned skatepark. This petition is not a request for a new, separate skatepark designed specifically for BMX bicycles.
It asks for equal treatment for BMX riders in an existing skatepark.
It is a common misconception that BMX bicycles in skateparks create a dangerous environment. BMX bicycles are equipped with brakes and are highly maneuverable, making them at least as safe as skateboards and/or inline skates already permitted to use the skatepark.
Seen damages around the skatepark were not caused merely by BMX bicycles. A poor design and poor upkeep lead to the failure of the ramps.
Many cities around the country already recognize this by permitting BMX bicycles into publicly funded skateparks, where they coexist with other skatepark users. Countless private skateparks already demonstrate that any and all skatepark designs are compatible with BMX bicycles.
For all of the above reasons and more, we, the undersigned, recognize the need for equal treatment for BMX riders, that they may have a safe and legal area to enjoy their sport.