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War on Bikes, redux: Oregon lawmaker seeks to ban kids from bicycles

As Vancouver's battle over the Hornby Street bike lane rolls into its third year, an Oregon lawmaker is trying to make it illegal to carry a child on a bicycle.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has introduced a bill to amend an Oregon statute to make it illegal to carry a child younger than 6 years old on either a bicycle or in a bike trailer. Oregon House Bill 2228 would include a fine of $90.

Portland's biking community is pedaling furiously against the proposed ban.

"We'll fight it. It won't pass," responded Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, in a Tweet.

Rep. Greenlick has said the bill was prompted by a study on injuries among bike commuters in the Portland area. In a statement, he compared this issue to the 1950s, when seat belts weren't required for children. 

Monte Paulsen researches sustainability for the non-profit Tyee Solutions Society.

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