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Old 09-20-11, 06:39 PM   #1
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Ninja Skateboarders; Is this some new trend?

We have entered the "dark times" here in New England. This is to say that after Labor Day, the sun sets fast, and "real country dark" comes quickly. Those of us who like to ride in the evening, simply adapt and make the required adjustments. A good headlight, tail light, reflective material, etc.

So, on last night's right, I saw a skateboarder, moving along on his board, right down the carriage lane of Commonwealth ave. It was almost full dark, and this guy had no reflective material to speak of. I saw him easily in my headlight beam though. Still, a driver exiting from a cross street might not see him at all. Then, a few miles on, I saw two more of these ninja boarders. These were rolling along on Auburndale Ave, near West Newton. Locals know that Auburndale ave is narrow, quite curvy, and poorly lit in some areas. And there they were, rolling right down the middle of the lane. Both of these specimens were college age. They looked right at my headlight, in some sort of shock and amazement.

So,,, Is this some new trend? Ninja skateboarding on well traveled roads, after dark.
This has to do with cycling in that they could present a hazard for us night time riders.
You hardly see rollerbladers anymore, but on the occasion when I did see them at night, they would usually be wearing something reflective.

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Old 09-20-11, 06:48 PM   #2
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I've seen a lot of those idiot longboarders on the streets at all hours of the day and night and yes, most of them are wearing dark clothing.
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Ninjas don't skateboard. You're probably seeing vampires. This explains the shock and amazement with the headlight.
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I'm guessing they jump off the road at first sign of a car.
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Ninjas don't skateboard. You're probably seeing vampires. This explains the shock and amazement with the headlight.
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I'm guessing they jump off the road at first sign of a car.
Actually they don't. Their IQ seems to drop down to a number equivalent to their shoe size the minute they step on the board.
There are times I wish I had an air horn.
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Experience in different states says that roller bladers, bikers, skateboarders all ride at night with no lights or reflective kit. Maybe you never saw them before because you aren't attuned to vampires?
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So,,, Is this some new trend?

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Nope I always used to roll ninja back in the day. From oh, 1980 on.

They'll be gone once it gets a little colder I reckon.

I've seen a slight uptick in walkers and joggers with blinkies the last couple of years. Maybe boarders will take 'em up someday soon. I can see longboarders taking them up. Many of them are the Freds of the skateboard world.
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. . . Thoughts and opinions?
I just consider them fellow humans and hope they enjoy and survive.
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Ninjas don't skateboard. You're probably seeing vampires. This explains the shock and amazement with the headlight.
Vampires on skateboards...where's Warren Zevon when you need him? After all, if a werewolf can go to Trader Vic's...
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In my area there has been, at least for the last 10 years or so, more people running, walking, roller blading, skateboarding, and cycling without lights or reflective material that seems reasonable. I don't think I ever venture out on the roads at night without seeing someone participating in one of these without light. I've often wondered if they know how much they are placing themselves in danger. So, I know around here's it's nothing new.
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It's times like this I believe in "evolution" and natural selection . Same thing goes with people that ride motorcycles with no helmet. Hey, do what you want. I have no problems with it. But don't come crying to me nor expect us to pay for your hospital visit(although we will in higher insurance rates)

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Old 09-21-11, 09:40 AM   #13
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This is nothing new at all.. it was quite common when I was in high school in the 90's and I'm fairly sure at least in my area it's been going on since the 70's... I'm pretty sure you guys are mislabeling hippies as ninjas and vampires...but at least you didn't get to pirates yet!
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Argh Matey. Hey, 'talk like a pirate day' is coming up pretty soon, isn't it?
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I think it was yesterday. Street boarders know it is their job to not get hit.
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Argh Matey. Hey, 'talk like a pirate day' is coming up pretty soon, isn't it?
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Not at night but I have been wanting to post this and thought now would be a good time.
It is 10 mins but for me totally worth it.
great camera work imo too.
http://vimeo.com/1654340
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Old 09-21-11, 05:31 PM   #17
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I just consider them fellow humans and hope they enjoy and survive.
Thank you

Skakeboards are a way of life here in Santa Cruz, day or night.

Local guy who taught skateboarding for me, Eric. Pic taken at the skatepark in front of my office.
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There was a horrible accident here in the Adirondacks last spring. A fellow was riding a golf cart in the early evening back from the course lounge to somewhere (car, condo, whatever). He was not going far and it was a typically quiet Adirondack evening with no real expectation of traffic. He crossed a quiet street where a longboarder was coming down pretty fast. Boarder had dark clothes on and was lying flat on his back. Longboarder was killed. What are the odds? I know, alcohol was likely invoved. But really, even a sober driver would likely have killed the kid. 2 lives lost.

If you're riding at night then be seen, no matter what you're riding.
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who was the second killed, the golf cart guy?
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It occurs to me many of us are old enough to remember the pathetically small and dim lights we used to have on cars. Everybody was near ninja then. And having a bulb, or two or three out was no reason to stop driving. On top of that lots of us traveled many miles with no windshield wipers. Of course, traffic densities and culture was different then. Not many cars and we expected some unlighted hazards. Now lots of cars, lots of background lights and we've gotten out of the habit of looking for unlighted hazards.

Of course if it is moose crossing the road...you can only hope the thing doesn't get a leg caught inside your vehicle and kick you to death; a messy way to go.
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I keep running into teens on bikes with no reflectors or lights at all. Kids have always been like this. Safety isn't cool, so they want nothing to do with it. It has everything to do with their age group, looking cool in front of their peers, and nothing to do with what they happen to be riding/driving.
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