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Old November 16th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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Bad taste aside, is it generally the policy of cemetery owners and their employees to ask skaters and anybody else obviously not there to look at graves to leave?

I live next door to a cemetery and I was using it during the summer in the evenings after their office is closed but it gets dark earlier now and I'd like to skate during daylight.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 12:47 PM   #2
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Yes it's policy. When I used to ride a bike everywhere, I once visited my aunt's grave. I was standing at her stone with my bike on the ground and a truck pulled up 2-3 minutes later and they told me there is no bike riding on the property. I said "I'm not riding in here, I'm visiting someone I recently lost". They said "no bikes in here". I of course persisted to do so because I wasn't using the cemetery to "ride", I was using my bike as transportation. I'm sure it's a mixture of private property/liability and of course...it's a cemetery not a public park, thing. I have seen families riding bikes and having a picnic in a cemetery

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Old November 18th, 2016, 10:16 PM   #3
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It's a profit thing. They're not in business to give anything away in the same way that many businesses don't let non-paying-customers use their restrooms. So they have a blanket policy against bicycles because that's easier I suppose than you're a mourner, you can bike, you're not a mourner, you can't can't bike.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 12:50 AM   #4
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I think some of the cemeteries here are managed by the city parks department so I suspect that I'm good to go. In any case, I bike and skate in my local cemetery all the time because it's nice and quiet (and gorgeous in the Fall).
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 04:10 PM   #5
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A cemetery has never been a choice spot for any recreational activity. Even when it would be shorter to ride a bicycle through a cemetery, I have gone around the cemetery. There are industrial parks in a short driving distance from me. I like to practice there. The industrialist park has very smooth long paved roads and very smooth large parking areas.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:45 AM   #6
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Simply put, everything depends on local perspective. My beginning on the path to speedskating was in a cemetery. My the girlfriend-now-wife and I would skate over from her house to the nearby cemetery to skate. We were respectful and appropriate. At no time were we ever challenged by anyone. As a matter of record I need to say that her son was buried there... but absolutely nobody knew this other than the two of us.
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Old November 26th, 2016, 05:44 AM   #7
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At no time were we ever challenged by anyone.
But an employee of the cemetery did see your, right?
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