Locals React to Bike Helmet Bill

EUGENE, Ore. — A bill in the Oregon Senate would require more teens to wear a helmet when riding a bike.

Currently, Oregon law requires anyone younger than 16 to wear a helmet. Senate Bill 742, if passed, would up the age to 18.

Cycling enthusiasts say with as many bikers sharing the road with cars these days, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“It’s always important to keep yourself safe. I’ve found myself in situations where I think that cars are a little close or I think they’re going past me faster than they need to,” said Joe Peck, Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life store manager.

A companion bill would also require helmets for any children riding scooters or skateboards in organized competitions.

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