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Old 04-14-2014, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't longboard, my city doesn't seem to have much of a longboarding community (not many hills so if the boarders are out there, then I just don't see them) so I've never seen them in traffic.

But I understand it's a concern/conversation topic in Vancouver and I saw this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGOX9q48jfA

My thought was: "that cop was several hundred yards away and you still couldn't stop or avoid him without bailing?"

I'm not really looking for comments about the cop, more looking to learn about the speed, the lack of brakes and traffic. It just seemed to me that could easily have just been someone taking a left, seemed like there was lots of room. I probably would have turned in front of them.

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That cop was in the wrong. He caused them to crash just as someone riding a bike would have likely wrecked in that cop did that to them. That was not that far off when he. Turned the lights on and swerved over, they are lucky they are all good boarders, they stopped and avoided pretty well.... Dick move and the cop should be held liable for the injuries. It is perfectly acceptable here to ride longboards on the roads.
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.....My thought was: "that cop was several hundred yards away and you still couldn't stop or avoid him without bailing?"

I'm not really looking for comments about the cop, more looking to learn about the speed, the lack of brakes and traffic. It just seemed to me that could easily have just been someone taking a left, seemed like there was lots of room. I probably would have turned in front of them.

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I would not have chosen that street to ride on, especially at those speeds. My guess is they might have reacted the same way if it had just been "Joe Blow" dickhead on a cell phone turning in front of them. Shock, surprise, not thinking/reacting far enough ahead, etc. etc.

BUT,... in that instance, that would have been an accident! (...sort of.) This?? This was deliberate and from an officer sworn to "Protect" the public! I don't care what kind of day he had or how many other dickhead longboarders he's had to deal with! You don't use a 2000+ vehicle to block the path of someone on a skateboard.

I believe that cop should be charged with assault! I hope the video Hangs him!
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Maybe it's the trick of the fish eye lens, but that looked like more than enough room to stop if I was on a bike.

Is straightening to become less aerodynamic part of braking?

As I said, I really don't want to get into a big debate about the cop's actions, I have no interest in defending him, there was no reason to swerve. But when I first saw the video, I thought it was just a car taking a left. I could see myself taking that left, I could see my elderly mom taking that left. What if a car had come out of that side street and just accelerated slowly?

Were they riding too fast for conditions?

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Maybe it's the trick of the fish eye lens, but that looked like more than enough room to stop if I was on a bike.

Is straightening to become less aerodynamic part of braking?

As I said, I really don't want to get into a big debate about the cop's actions. When I first saw the video, I thought it was just a car taking a left. I could see myself taking that left, I could see my elderly mom taking that left. And if that wasn't enough room to take left in front of them, are they riding too fast for conditions?
I don't know that it's necessary, but straightening is part of my braking process on my skateboard. I'd imagine long boarding is similar.
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....Is straightening to become less aerodynamic part of braking?
I'm just now dabbling in and still researching proper long boarding, so I'm no expert, but Yes! I do believe it is. At least one method. The guy who went down on his hands,.. (wearing slide gloves no doubt.) he slid HARD, and still just barely got clear. Guy on the right did go by, but not a lot of room and near the curb? He could have hit or slid on anything that caused him to crash. (...of course that's why "I" wouldn't be riding that fast, on that street!)

But once agin, he was FORCED to attempt that maneuver! Cop is Douche!!
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But once agin, he was FORCED to attempt that maneuver! Cop is Douche!!

Yeah, yeah, I get it. He shouldn't have done that to anyone traveling in the opposite lane: car, bike, scooter, boarder, kid on a tricycle....

I guess most of the videos I've seen of people doing those speeds on a longboard weren't on residential streets with driveways and side streets or they had a spotter for blind corners. I was just surprised to see them doing those speeds on that street in traffic.

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Yeah! I don't think too much of their chosen hill! They could have quite easily been taken out by some dumbassed civilian driver. And to be honest. If they had,.. I would be chastising them for their dumb choice of hills, and I even wonder if other longboarders would be too supportive of them if they had.

I think they would have had the same trouble stopping if it had gone down that way! Poor choice of hill to ride, IMO!

All the shock comes from watching a cop putting them in danger deliberately!
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Yes, If your going to foot break hard you need to straighten your body so you can downpressure your slide foot.

Their speeds are on par for that road. That cop was not that far off. They obviously stopped/avoided the dipshit that swerved. That hard slide is very hard to do controlled as is a hard stop. I ride on the street, frontage road of the highway in town and on the walking path. I ride the speed of cars going downhill and take the bus or push On the board, on the walking path going uphill. The speed limit is 25-40 and that's normal around here to see longboards. that's why we were helmets and strategic placement of armor.

I would ride that street but probably not flat bomb it....
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That's a classic West Van spot. I've skated there several times. It's fast... and I've always ridden it with spotters (ie one of the group goes in front and signals the rest on corners, or if there's any specific danger). The guys riding were pretty good, and they were both able to stop without hitting the cop's car.

The issue is... would they have been able to stop without hitting anything in a bicycle? in another car?

So what makes longboarding more dangerous "to others" than riding a bike? Had the cop done this to a bicycle and gotten filmed, he'd be arrested and possibly de-badged.

I agree people shouldn't be bombing those hills.... It is dangerous, But #1 it is NOT illegal as it's made to be seen... and #2 the cop was wrong. Period.

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