Friday, January 14, 2011

Kidical Mass Classic Ride Tomorrow + HB 2228

My hands have been full this week as a tenacious fever made its way through our ranks, but I wanted to be sure to do my part to get the word out about two important news items.  I'm racing against the end of my sons' erratic sick-day nap here, so please forgive me if I've got some errors in this hastily written post.  Also, sorry, no photos in this post.

First, most folks out there have probably already heard about HB 2228, the bill recently proposed by Representative Mitch Greenlick that would prohibit carrying children under the age of 6 on bicycles or in bike trailers in the state of Oregon.  If you haven't, I'll refer you to the excellent coverage on  The latest information, as I understand it, is that Rep. Greenlick has reportedly consented to amend the bill to remove the prohibition against child passengers and instead request a study of child safety on bicycles. 

Our family still plans to write Rep. Greenlick (and our local Representative, find yours here) a civil letter about the legislation.  I hope you will, too.  I'll post mine here soon.  In the meantime, you may want to check out the letters from Katie of A Most Civilized Conveyance, Shane from Eugene SRTS, and Mia Birk of Alta Planning and Design.

And you should also join us tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Monroe Park for the Kidical Mass Classic Ride!  Okay, my jig is up: kids are awake, dinner needs attention, etc.  Hope to see lots of you tomorrow...provided no one here spikes a fever again.


  1. Missed you but glad to meet your friend Heather on the ride.
    Got a little post up about it now:

  2. I'm glad to hear that the ride was so well-attended! Thanks for the link.

    Little woke up not long before we planned to leave seeming especially cranky. Sure enough, his temperature had risen in just a couple of hours. I'm glad that we didn't rush out the door and get the rest of you sick.