Dumb Bills of the Year and Catching Bike Thieves

Bike bans everywhere, including Cañon Road in Los Gatos. Who paves it? Who maintains it?

I thought Oregon was one of the more pro cycling states, but this one is a real head-scratcher: State Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced HB 2228, a bill that would create an Oregon law making it illegal to transport a child six years or younger on a bicycle or in a bike trailer.

How about banning kids from being transported in cars? That would reduce fatalities, if that’s the bill’s intent. Or was it one more way to get bikes off the roads?

BikePortland.org, which writes about the bill, is on top of it, and it looks like that bill will be amended, although it doesn’t say what’s in the rest of the bill.

State highways
As the state of California under Jerry Brown tries to shift financial burdens down to counties and cities, let’s hope it keeps a firm grip on state highways. Case in point: Ignoring the bike lane on Hwy 84, Woodside officials allowed “holiday shopping” parking on the roadside, occupying bike lanes.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition checked in with state officials and before you know it a letter was on the way to Woodside telling them they can’t do that. No parking, ever, period.

Towns around the country attempt to ban bikes from roads all the time, not for our safety, but because we get in the way of motorists.

License plates
In another bonehead move, an Essex County lawmaker in New Jersey withdrew her proposal that would require all bicycles in the state to have a license plate.

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-28th Legislative District) withdrew the bill (A3657) which she had introduced after receiving complaints from senior citizens who were knocked down by youngsters on bikes. The seniors said they had no way of identifying the riders.

Locally, we’re doing just the opposite. A requirement to license bikes in San Jose is being abandoned.

Did you ever license your bike? I never have. I always considered it a waste of time and money. Were there a database with a photo of the bike and a serial number that law enforcement would maintain and take seriously, sure. That’s not going to happen.

GPS catches thieves
Installing a GPS tracker on your bike may be a better way to go. Pegasus Technologies offers this technology to law enforcement.

Here’s how it works: Watching this video of Inside Edition on baitbike.com made me want to jump for joy!

5 Responses to “Dumb Bills of the Year and Catching Bike Thieves”

  1. Cardinal Fang Says:

    I rode on Cañon Road yesterday with a friend. We didn’t see any No Bikes signs.

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      I’ll check it out. It used to have a gate, in addition to the sign. I can’t imagine it’s a private road. Maybe Los Gatos made them take it down.

  2. Cardinal Fang Says:

    Maybe I’m talking about a different section. I’m referring to the part between Glen Una and Hidden Drive. I had heard that particular section had No Bike signs. I saw none on Friday.

  3. Ray Hosler Says:

    The sign is still there, and now there’s one that says “End County Road.” The road loops uphill from Glen Una Dr. to Redberry Dr. There was a gate, but the road was re-paved and the gate was removed, maybe 10 years ago. So I guess I can drive my noisy motorcycle up there. Just don’t ride a bike. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

  4. Cardinal Fang Says:

    Guess I missed the sign then.

    And I’ll miss it the next time I’m there too.

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