Lawmakers target cyclists with headphones

Lawmakers target cyclists with headphones

Lawmakers target cyclists with headphones

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 19 at 1:49 PM

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lawmakers are looking for more ways to regulate bicycling in Portland.

 

Representative Michael Schaufler (D-Happy Valley) sponsored House Bill 2062, which would ban headphones and earbuds while cycling.

 

The bill proposes a $90 fine for "operation of a bicycle ... on a highway while wearing a listening device that is capable of receiving telephonic communication, radio broadcasts or recorded sounds."

 

Earlier this month, Oregon Representative Mitch Greenlick began pushing for legislation to prohibit young children from riding on bikes with their parents.

 

That bill would punish riders with kids under 6 years old in trailers and more riders "than the number for which it is designed or safely equipped."

 

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