Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kidical Mass Sellwood

In one of the wettest days in memory, the Kidical Mass ride came to Sellwood. The ride was a 3-mile loop through our hood with stops at Blue Kangaroo and Westmoreland Park. The stop at Westmoreland was very short because there was a vote to move on and forgo chasing the ducks and geese.
The ride as particularly well attended due to a recent suggestion by Oregon State Representative Mitch Greenlick that there should be a discussion surrounding children under 7 riding on the backs of bikes or in trailers. His claim was that it was unsafe to do so due to a recent study by the Oregon Health Sciences University that documented that 30% of regular cyclists experience traumatic events during their travels throughout the year.
The link is tenuous because commute habits are very different when you're pulling your child. My behavior is very different and I am much more cautious. I have said it a couple of times to colleagues that my daughter on the trail-a-bike makes a bad traffic calming device or bumper.
It was fun to catch up with some old friends and new and we had a great time.

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