Alpharetta has no law regulating skateboard use and officials have a few factors to consider in deciding on an ordinance. Banning skateboard use on sidewalks could deter mixed-use developers, Councilman Ben Burnett said.
“I am in favor of keeping people safe in parking decks,” Burnett said. “I don’t want to tell mixed-use developers they can’t allow skateboarders. There may be a great mixed-use developer that wants to come to Alpharetta and wants to cater only to skateboarders. Precluding that is not the business that I want to be in.”
The city is considering a law directed at parents: A warning for the first violation, followed by increasing fines for subsequent violations.
With a new a law for skateboarders, the city also runs the risk of being perceived as, well, old, Councilman John Hipes said.
‘We limited the vaping,” he said. “We outlawed e-scooters. And now a bunch of us older folks up here, we don’t like skateboarding. There is a part of me that really resists being a nanny state city council.”