Longboarding; not just for kids



Possibly the most innovative and unforeseen mode of alternate transportation is the longboard skateboard. As with walking and biking, longboarding utilizes human energy for power, yet is capable of reaching speeds upwards of fifteen miles per hour, just on flat land. Also, many longboards are made of bamboo, a plentiful and renewable resource. With zero emissions during use, and no utilization of non-renewable resources, longboarding is an eco friendly method of transport from beginning to end. Due to the added benefit of speed, as well as the ease of transportation when not in use, longboarding has begun to replace cars for many commuters within cities (Everett). By Utilizing longboards for short parts of commutes, commuters can more easily utilize public transportation such as busses and subways. The wide range of usability concerning longboards is in part because of the wide, long deck, which makes longboards more stable and better for commuting than the more common shortboard (Ruibal). Because of this added stability, longboarding is a useable and reliable form of transport for those commuters looking to supplement small parts of their daily travels in an eco friendly way. This includes all commuters, not, as is commonly assumed, just teenagers and young adults. Within cities, and for local commutes, Longboarding as transportation is being more regularly utilized by commuters of all ages (Ruibal). Due to the design differences between longboards and shortboards, as well as the added stability, longboarding is a reasonable commodity for commuters of all ages.

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