The skateboard ban in downtown Victoria is one step closer to being lifted. A city council committee passed the motion this afternoon to amend the bylaw. Currently, skateboards are welcome in parks but not in the downtown core, called the “red zone”. The bylaw was introduced over 20 years ago and advocates say it is antiquated. If council approves the amendment in May, skateboarders will follow the same rules of the road as cyclists, except they won’t be required to wear a helmet. Skateboards and any other human powered device will not be allowed on city sidewalks.