Portland is, city officials say, big in Japan right now. Two admired local bike companies are looking to ride that cultural wave.
A bill to increase the minimum helmet age was discussed in a Senate hearing earlier this week.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The two bicycle helmet bills in the Oregon legislature made more waves in the media than in actual debate from lawmakers during a hearing held in Salem on Monday. The bills garnered media attention because … Read more
If she’s under 18, SB 742 would require her to wear a helmet.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland State Senator Chris Edwards (D-Eugene) is behind two bills this session that would strengthen Oregon’s helmet laws. Sen. Edwards wants to raise the age limit for mandatory helmet use from 16 to 18 years of age (SB 742) and … Read more
Much has been debated about the how the use of helmets impacts bicycling rates (or doesn’t). Now the debate is finding a new battlegrounds among the burgeoning crop of bike-share systems throughout North America. Vancouver B.C. is an interesting case. The city is lauded as a leader in bicycling (they’re even hosting the major international … Read more
These models from Nutcase (L) and Bern (R) were rated “poor” by Consumer Reports. Two helmets that are very popular on the streets of Portland have been given low scores — including a “poor” rating in impact absorption — in a recent test published by Consumer Reports.
BTA says they’ll oppose mandatory helmet laws “if a bill does not advance cycling in Oregon.”(Photo © J. Maus) In an email to members this morning, Bicycle Transportation Alliance Board President Stephen Gomez wrote a letter offering, “Clarity on the BTA’s helmet stance.” The letter comes in response to a new helmet policy released by … Read more
Mandatory helmet laws say the little guy should wear one.(Photos © J. Maus) After reading about the helmet survey launched by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance last week, I wanted to share a cautionary tale about helmet laws. I live in Vancouver, Washington where we’ve been living with a mandatory, all-ages helmet law since 2008. If … Read more