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Open Access Skateboarding Policies on College Campuses in the United States: A Look Toward Promoting Use of Active Transportation


We investigated university active transportation policies in the United States for commuter-skateboarding.


Universities were selected from 12 categories (very small to large; non-residential to highly residential) via Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education (N = 360).


Skateboarding policies were present at 43.3% of universities. Among those, roughly one-fifth prohibited all skateboarding on campus. The remaining majority specified conditions under which skateboarding could be used (eg, places, times). Larger, more residential universities were more likely to have skateboarding policies. Reasons restricting skateboarding included potential property damage or injury to the skateboarder, with a notable view of skateboarding being “disruptive to the community.” Environment and culture appear to influence these policies.


Campus policymakers should consider the broader impact of commuting mode restrictions.

Keywords: active transportation; campus safety; commuter-skateboarding; skateboard

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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