J. L. Bell at Boston 1775 has been writing a series of posts on colonial Boston vocabulary, including an entry for "coasting", which is appropriate as winter approaches. In his post on coasting, he recounts the story of British Army soldiers stationed on the Common spoiling a sled run created by local children, and restoring it after protests. This event has become the subject of a charming children's book, Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution. Bell also notes the preference of Bostonians for the word coasting, as opposed to sledding. In checking my 1834 copy of Ordinances, Laws, &c. of the City of Boston I find:
From "An ordinance establishing the office of Superintendent of Streets, and prescribing the duties thereof; to prevent unlawful and injurious practices in the streets of the City--and in relation to Side Walks. [Passed Aug. 22, 1833]
Section 12. "Be it further ordained, That whoever shall exercise the dangerous practice of coursing or coasting upon sleds in any of the streets, or upon any of the sidewalks in the this city, shall forfeit and pay for each offence a sum not less than one dollar, and not more than twenty dollars, to be paid by each offender respectively."