Last summer, while cycling across town, I saw a roving gang of teenage Zig Zingereres. Instead of carrying their boards, which would usually have been mounted on rock hard 52 mm wheels, while waiting for the bus, they were actually pushing through the streets with smiles on their faces. I wanted to hop off my bike and join their gang immediately but they were gone before I could turn around.
"Fuck You, I'd rather skate to the beach and look better getting there." Remember that song?
Anyway, I finally rigged myself up a cruiser board. I went the opposite direction and got 9.25" wide with 16" a wheelbase (optional 16.75" for the SE 72nd Hawthorne to Division descent), 169 trucks and 65mm/ 75a wheels but the concept is the same. i.e. I don't have to pretend to skate anymore.
I took my cruiser out today for its inaugural session and made all sorts of friends because people knew I was not actually a skateboarder but a decent human being enjoying the fresh air on a blustery but sunny winter day.