The skating community has lost another classic skate spot to anti-skating infrastructure. Just this week, the San Francisco city government implemented speed bumps on Dolores Hill- the location of the famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) Dolores Hill Bomb.
Every July, skaters from around the Bay area gather for a full day of rowdy hill bombs. The skating is wicked fast, the speed wobbles are terrifying, and the crashes are gnarly.
The implementation of the speed bumps comes as a result of numerous life-threatening crashes that have occurred over the past few years. Last year, a skater suffered severe brain trauma from a nasty crash. In 2017, tensions rose with the San Francisco police department after a skater and police car collided. This year, a skater and cyclist crashed into one another sending both individuals to the hospital. The cyclist tragically died two days later.
In response to the speed bumps and push back from the SF skate community, SFMTA director (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency), Jeffery Tumlin stated that he regretted the necessity to add speed bumps and spoke highly of San Francisco’s legendary skate culture.
In a Twitter post, Tumlin wrote:
“SF’s streets are for mobility and joy for everyone. SF skaters, we need help elevating bystanders’ lives over your own risk. We have many hills. Work with us”.