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Places to skate

Dec 8, 2007  I bought my first rollerblades in Sydney in 2001
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good places to skate around the world

  • 1. Central Park
    Central Park, New York City, New York

    Central Park stretches from 58th to 110th street in Manhattan. The track, which is closed to traffic at weekends, goes in a loop. Most people go anti-clockwise. A perfect mix of gradients, beautiful scenery, and excellent for people watching. Skating is insanely popular in NYC. I did the whole loop of Central Park, and found out why most people were avoiding the top end of the loop. There's a bit of a dip there, and getting back up the other side isn't an enormous amount of fun. New Yorkers are very direct - one woman gave me what I thought was rather severe criticism of my skating - but I suppose she was just being helpful :-)

  • 2. East Coast Park
    East Coast Park, Singapore, Singapore

    This is one of the best places in the world I have found to skate. The surface is very smooth, and wide, and quiet. There are even some gentle slopes. Singapore is very humid and hot all year round but trees provide a good deal of cover in the park and there are many places to get drinks.

  • 3. Santa Monica Beach
    Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, California

    I skated from Santa Monica pier to just beyond Venice Beach and back. The track goes right along the beach, with fine views of the Pacific Ocean. Not too taxing, as it's pretty much flat. Lots of fit girls in bikinis.

  • 4. Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

    This is the first place I ever skated, starting at Milson's Point on the North side of the bridge. There's a very mild slope up and then down the other side. The views are incredible. Steps are involved.

  • 5. Golden Gate Park
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

    This park is bigger than Central Park, and more hilly too. Not really very good for beginners. I nearly took out a police barrier - they were most amused. You can rent skates on Haight Street, if you manage to wade through the piles of hippies. Park is closed to traffic on Sundays.

  • 6. Place de la Bastille
    Place de la Bastille, Paris, Ile-de-France

    There's an excellent track stretching South from here, in a loop around a strip of water. I skated here on a Sunday, and there was an enormous group of marvellous looking skaters, off on a mass skate through the city. Paris has a few of these events each week (there's also one on Friday night) - not recommended for beginners as there are a few obstacles (cobblestones, potholes), and if you fall, you will be mercilessly ground into the tarmac by those behind you.

  • 7. Tiergarten
    Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

    There's a long straight cycle path that can also be used for rollerblading. It runs the entire length of this park in central Berlin, from Tiergarten station past the Siegessäule to the Brandenburg Gate. When I was there I saw a demonstration of hundreds of rollerbladers wanting dedicated paths for skaters. Go you crazy Germans.

  • 8. Hyde Park
    Hyde Park, London, England

    There's a very smooth, long and wide path running alongside the Serpentine which is excellent for skating. It can get very crowded though with skaters, pedestrians, and terrifying skaters zigzagging towards you backwards at alarming speed. The rest of the park is good as well, when it's not raining :-(

  • 9. Holiday World Maspalomas
    Holiday World Maspalomas, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

    There's a section of green track opposite Holiday World, very nice for skating.

  • 10. St Kilda Beach
    St. Kilda Beach, St Kilda, Port Phillip

    The promenade at St Kilda is pretty good

  • 11. Yarra River
    Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria

    I skated along the south side of Yarra river from Flinders Street station. The path is a bit narrow and also popular with walkers and cyclists, but good fun all the same.

  • 12. Manly Beach
    Manly Beach, New South Wales

    What can I say? This is one of the world's greatest beaches, and has a very nice track for skating. Watch out for people waving surfboards around.

  • 13. Centennial Park
    Centennial Park, New South Wales

    Helmets are mandatory but this rule is not enforced. A little rough in places maybe, but who cares, Sydney rocks. You can easily pop into Fox Studios from here. There are some gentle slopes.

  • 14. Cottesloe Beach
    Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe, Greater Perth

    The promenade at Cottesloe Beach is OK - there's also some wooden exercise equipment there if you're feeling especially energetic. I recommend the pullup bar.

  • 15. Somerset House
    Somerset House, London, England

    Ice skating is available here in the winter. Quite a romantic location - but, it's fairly crowded. Also it was wet the day we went - my poor girlfriend fell down a few times

  • 16. Stromovka Park, Prague

    Stromovka Park, to the North of the Vltava, is pretty good