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Oregon Proposal to Ban Young Kids on Bikes

From OregonLive.com:

Portland’s avid biking community spun into an uproar today over a proposed ban geared towards young children on bikes.

House Bill 2228 introduced by Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), would amend an Oregon statute that bans unlawful passengers on a bike by making it illegal to carry a child younger than 6 either on the bike or in a trailer. The bill includes a fine of $90.

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6 Comments

  1. antbikemikeJanuary 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Vote that guy out!

  2. GambrinusJanuary 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Hey big brother… chill. We can take care of our own children.

  3. amckimmeyJanuary 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Jonathan Maus of The http://www.bikeportland.org/ blog has been keeping us out in Oregon up to date on what is happening with this bill. It seem now it has now turned from a “law” to a “study” on this matter.

    Here is a link to all his postings of the HB-2228
    http://bikeportland.org/tag/hb-2228

  4. TomJanuary 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Carrying a kid in those things, at head level to a car, is not too far from child abuse. Those idiotic, unsafe things should be banned. But then you all carry guns over there anyway, so I’m not surprised. Pro choice for guns, anti choice for abortion etc.

  5. NYC_cyclistJanuary 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Tom,

    in Europe whole COUNTRIES ride bicycles to work every day, sharing the road with cars, carrying children with them and, guess what? They don’t wear helmets. They’ve been doing this safely for decades. Before you put unflattering labels on these people and bring guns [wtf, btw?] into the equation, learn a thing or two, from, say, the Dutch.

  6. Tim D.January 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m thinking Tom isn’t from the U.S. ? I mean, if he thinks that most people in Portland are gun-toting cyclists, I think he is making an assumption about our entire country, which is massive and has a population of 300 million.

    Tom, you need to come to the midwest (where I live), where you will indeed find an abundance of gun owning cyclists. And guess what, we’re still less dangerous than any automobile on the road.

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