By Lynne Terry
January 13, 2011
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.
“The bill itself is just ridiculous,” said Jonathan Maus, editor of the popular blog, bikeportland.org.
Other avid bikers got more personal, calling Greenlick “an idiot” in angry emails.
“I’ve got about 100 emails this morning,” Greenlick said.
A former director of public health at Oregon Health & Science University, Greenlick said the bill was prompted by an OHSU study on injuries among serious bikers.
“It indicated that about 30 percent on average had a traumatic injury each year and about 8 percent had one serious enough to get medical attention,” Greenlick said, “so it really got me thinking about what happens if there’s a 4-year-old on the back of that bike when a biker goes down.” Read more…