A GROWING downhill skateboarding community at Corlette is seeking signage to alert motorists that they are riding in the area.
Port Stephens Longboarders co-founders Nathan Barnes and James Kaczmarek are working with Port Stephens Council staff to have signs installed on the Corlette streets they use to practise.
Downhill longboarders use gloves with plastic pucks on the palms, enabling them to perform controlled slides on the road to slow down or perform tricks.
After spending hundreds of dollars on specialised equipment for the racing sport, Mr Kaczmarek hoped to prevent any accidents from skaters practising in Port Stephens.
"There's some level of danger to it like all sports, but we're trying to make it as safe as possible," Mr Kaczmarek said.
"We've had a few close calls over the last few years [and] I'm just trying to do something positive from our side."
Mr Kaczmarek listed Sergeant Baker Drive, Saratoga Avenue, Wallawa Road, Bonito Street, Bottlenose Street, Minke Street and Seagrass Circuit as streets used by the skateboarders.
"There's a skill level to it, so that's why I'm trying to get signs up [to protect] the younger guys," Mr Kaczmarek said.
Skateboard riders are legally allowed to use roads with speed limits below 50 km/h provided they are unmarked and have no median strip.
Port Stephens councillors debated the matter briefly at Tuesday night's committee meeting, with several councillors raising concerns over the dangers and liability.
Mayor Bob Westbury said at the meeting that he had safety concerns for the riders and potentially motorists but was willing to listen to the group.
"It's a pretty dangerous sport, and if you hit [a skateboarder], who is going to forgive you?" Cr Westbury asked.
Port Stephens Longboarders will apply to address councillors at a future meeting.