Skating is Transforming Cities

Finally, the World is Taking Notice

Communities and cities around the world are constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of the people who live in them. They want to transform abandoned areas into community gathering places. They want to bring active lifestyles and healthy activities to kids in at-risk neighborhoods or places without dedicated sports facilities. In the past, lots of these cities have struggled to make these goals a reality.


But now, skating is making it all possible. Skaters around the world have always have been, and are becoming more active than ever in shaping cities for the better — in ways that might blow your mind.

And with skating set to make its first appearance at the Olympic games this year in Tokyo, people are beginning to see the sport in a whole new light — a light that most of us have been skating in for years already.

But that’s okay. Better late than never.

The Perception of Skateboarding

Since its invention, authorities in cities and countries around the world have been suspicious and even downright hostile towards skateboarding. Anti-skating laws have been imposed, cities have banned skateboarding altogether, and Norway once even banned skating for the entire country for over a decade.

Skaters have often been seen as antisocial nuisances or even dangerous menaces to society, despite the fact that there’s basically no evidence to suggest that skaters pose any threat to the public whatsoever.

The Truth About How Skaters Transform Cities

Around the world, skateboarding is improving people’s lives and helping bring cities from the edge of disaster. In Colorado and Ohio, skate programs designed for after-school help kids with ADHD to learn persistence and focus without the stress of competition or formal education. They learn how to practice tricks, again and again, seeing it through until they land that perfect move.

Meanwhile, these programs give kids a place to be that’s away from the risks of drug abuse and toxic social groups.

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In Finland, skaters built their own DIY park that the city later adopted as an official facility. Now, even more projects have been started as collaborations between skaters in the city. They’ve even helped develop programs for kids who are out of work and ways to bring art to public spaces.

Meet Pushing Boarders

Pushing Boarders is the world’s first international skateboarding conference. It brings in experts from multiple countries for workshops on how skating can improve cities. Pushing Boarders has helped improve young people’s lives and create opportunities for cities around the world to improve the way public spaces are designed and used.

Finally, the world is taking notice of how skating lifts up not only skaters in cities but the cities as a whole.