We wanted to know what the local laws are here in our city for longboards on streets and sidewalks. After a couple emails and calls to the City of Winnipeg (Dial 311), I finally got the information I needed.
The City of Winipeg Traffic By-Law does not specifically mention "Longboards" but I have been told by the Active Transportation Coordinator (204-986-4966) that longboards fall under the "Coasters, Skateboards, etc." category. Here is the by-law for the use of longboards in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
City of Winnipeg Traffic By-Law No. 1573/77
Coasters, Skateboards, etc., Prohibited on Roadways
6. No person shall ride upon or use any coaster, skateboard, sleigh, skis, skates, toy vehicles or similar devices on a roadway.
Prohibition of skateboards on designated sidewalks
6.2 No person shall ride upon or use a skateboard on a sidewalk where there is placed a traffic control device prohibiting such use of the sidewalk. Amended 7883/2001.
Here is a video of longboarding in Winnipeg. Smooth surfaces and hills are ideal.
Click on the arrow above, or go to this youtube link: http://youtu.be/AnQTTB7h3uU
Call you local city department to see what the rules are in your area for longboards.
Have a great day, and happy cruisin'!
Angela G. Gentile