Neighbors seek solution to speeding skateboarders

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Speeders, both behind the wheel and behind the board, are raising concern in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood. One man said he’s asked the city and the University of New Mexico for fixes, but so far nothing has changed.

In downtown and near Civic Plaza, “no skateboarding” signs can be seen. However, you won’t see those signs in the Spruce Park neighborhood just west of UNM’s campus.

“They can go at least 35 miles per hour,” James Carroll said.

Carroll, who lives off of Roma near the university, said skateboarders are flying down his street.

“I’ve told people a fatality seems to be only a matter of time,” Carroll said.

With school back for the semester, he says it means more boards bustling down the road. And while they’re pushing along, Carroll is pushing for change.

“I’ve written to the mayor and to the president of UNM that maybe a skateboarding facility be placed in the center of the city near the campus,” Carroll said.

He has started a petition to get “no skateboarding” signs put up throughout his neighborhood. If Carroll is able to catch a skateboarder coming down the street, he hands them a copy of the city traffic code, which says skateboarding in the street is illegal.

However, not everyone around here sees it as a big deal

“They seem to be very careful,” one neighbor said. “I don’t know of any accidents.”

Roma, and many of the other side streets nearby, are winding and downhill all the way from University to the frontage road along I-25.

“It’s a chronic problem and you can’t get police out here all the time,” Carroll said.

At the end of the day, Carroll says not all skateboarders are to blame.

“I’m not opposed to a skateboarder who’s traveling but it’s the ones that use this as a skateboard park that are the real problem.”

Carroll says he did hear back from UNM’s president, who said he forwarded the concerns to the facilities department. He says UNM has at least some responsibility because he believes most of the boarders are students, but there is no way to know for sure.

Carroll said he has not heard back from the mayor but is planning on writing him again.

Police have not gotten back to us to let us know how many times officers have responded to the area.

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