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SALEM A new proposed law would make riding a bicycle without a helmet punishable by a $25 fine for anyone under 18 years old.

Senate Bill 742 proposed by Eugene Democrat Chris Edwards would require anyone under 18 years of age to wear protective headgear riding on a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter. It would also require that people under 18 wear a helmet while using in-line skates or roller skates, on public or private land in Oregon.

Cycling advocates say they are worried the bill could discourage people from riding bicycles. In Oregon, thousands of people ride bikes to work and school each day.

Edwards says the legislation is meant to make biking safer and help protect Oregon's young people. Edwards has proposed a companion bill that would require people of all ages to wear helmets at competitions and organized events.

The law would not include tricycles designed to be ridden by children.

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