On March 25th at 3:00pm in Hearing Room B, Oregon’s Senate Committee on Business and Transportation will hold a public hearing on three bicycle related bills. We invite you to join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for this important hearing.
Legislators need to hear from people like you, people who ride bicycles, as they consider the following bills:
- SB 741 – Requires person of any age to wear helmet when using bicycle, skateboard, scooter, in-line skates or roller skates when participating in organized exhibition, competition or contest.
- SB 742 – Requires person under 18 years of age to wear protective headgear while operating or riding on bicycle, riding on skateboard or scooter or using in-line skates or roller skates, on public or private land.
- SB 756 – Allows Department of Transportation to accept donations to State Parks and Recreation Department Fund for purpose of improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
We support SB 756. Although voluntary contributions to the Scenic Bikeway program will be insufficient to fully address our statewide infrastructure needs, this bill represents a step in the right direction.
We are using our policy statement on helmets as a guide to our position on SB 741 & 742.
As a general rule, we consider education to be the most effective way to get people to wear helmets. In the context of any mandatory helmet law, funding should be provided to ensure helmets are available to low income communities. We also know that bicycling is, in itself, not a dangerous activity.
Given these considerations, we do not support SB 741 or SB 742 as they are currently written.