Fixed-gear Brake Saga

Special Coverage of the Fixed-gear Brake Saga

Portland courts and law enforcement officials are in a state of confusion about whether or not fixed-gear bicycles should be required to have a separate hand brake.

Judges have come down on both sides of the issue but some Portland police officers continue to issue citations.

A change in the law was sought by local bike lawyer Mark Ginsberg and southern Oregon Senator Jason Atkinson in 2007. Senate Bill 729 would have clarified the existing bicycle brake equipment requirement so that fixed-gear bicycles would not have needed an additional brake (as long as they meet the performance standard).

Unfortunately, the fixed-gear language was stripped from the bill by one pivotal lawmaker (Senator Ginny Burdick) at the 11th hour and the issue persists.

Learn more by reading the stories below…


KATU takes on fixie ticketing issue

by on December 19th, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Burdick axes fixed-gear language from brake bill

by on June 19th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Fixed gear bill hits unexpected snag

by on June 14th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Fixed gear bill passes last test

by on June 6th, 2007 at 6:35 am

Fixed-gear bill passes House committee

by on May 16th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Fixie bill passes Senate by wide margin

by on April 3rd, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Report from Salem: Fixed-gear bill moves forward

by on March 27th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Fixed gear bill gets public hearing

by on March 22nd, 2007 at 8:20 am

Fixie ticket deja-vu in Germany

by on January 4th, 2007 at 9:24 am

Washington DC fixes their fixed gear law

by on November 22nd, 2006 at 9:26 am