The Los Angeles City Council, in reaction to the deaths of two young skateboarders in San Pedro last year, adopted measures Tuesday aimed at making skateboarding on city streets safer.

The measure is aimed at preventing skateboard "bombing" - where skateboarders zoom downhill on city streets at speeds sometimes approaching 40 mph - as well as require them to follow city traffic laws.

Previously, it was more difficult to regulate skateboarding because it was not recognized as an official form of transportation on city streets.

Councilman Joe Buscaino called for the tougher regulations because of the traffic problems the skateboarders create, and because of the deaths of two people in his Harbor Area district.

"The ordinance will require skateboarders to follow the same rules of the road that we impose on bicyclists and motorists," Buscaino said.

"We are not banning skateboarding, we are simply requiring skateboards to ride responsibly in a safe manner that does not jeopardize their safety or the safety of others they share the road with."

- Rick Orlov