The Lake Cunningham park in San Jose does allow bikes, thankfully. But, the park down the road from me in San Diego...does not.

The Lake Cunningham park in San Jose does allow bikes, thankfully. But, the park down the road from me in San Diego…does not.

Well, sorta. This is a major step in the right direction, though. California state has passed legislation that adds “all-wheeled, non-motorized devices” to the hazardous recreational activity list, meaning that bikes, rollerblades, scooters, wheelchairs, heelies, snake boards, and whatever else you can fathom are now under the same blanket as skateboarding and far less of a liability than they were before.

What does this mean?

It means that if your local park in California has ever said that bikes were not allowed in the park for “insurance reasons,” that you should go to your next city council meeting and bring the discussion up again. To be clear, this does not mean the flood gates are open. We still have to deal with the stigma that BMX ruins parks and we’re ‘super duper scary and fast,’ but this is a major hurdle in getting into parks legally. Where we belong. As BMX matures and we get our act together, we need to be active when it comes to public parks. Advocate for yourself and for friends you’ve never even met. I say that knowing that I have a lot of room for improvement myself…

The bill has just passed as of Monday, but it does not go into effect until January 1st, 2016. I suggest getting the process rolling sooner than later…

You can take a look at the actual bill right here and there’s also a more digestible article on the San Diego Union Tribune about it, as well.