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Bike Advocates Oppose Proposed Oregon Helmet Law

AP | March 25, 2013 3:48 p.m. | Updated: March 25, 2013 4:52 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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An Oregon lawmaker wants to raise the age requirement for helmets on young bicyclists, but the cycling community isn’t on board.

The bill would require riders younger than 18 to wear helmets. The law now requires them for riders younger than 16.

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.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene, 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.

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