New skateboard raises eyebrows in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO — A new skateboard that can be used on cable car rails is going viral online, but San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials say it is dangerous and they will prosecute anyone who tries to use one.

Ricardo Marques, a Portuguese engineer, tells the San Francisco Examiner he invented the skateboard because it’s impossible to ride on cobblestone streets. The skateboard has two back wheels and one front wheel that rides between the rail and the street. After trying it out in Portugal, Marques took it to San Francisco and used it on the city’s Powell-Hyde Street cable car line. He posted a video of the test online late last month.
But SFMTA officials are worried that more people will try the new sport on their own.

“This type of dangerous behavior is not encouraged and could jeopardize the safety of themselves and the people around them,” officials tell the newspaper. “We will work with [police] to ensure that we can prevent this type of activity.”

The video is available online.

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