Monday, July 13, 2009

Why is this legal? 2

I've posted about this practice before---cyclists putting their small children in those little canvas trailers and hauling them around in city traffic. As a former parent myself---my son is now an adult---I think it's irresponsible and will eventually be seen by the law as child endangerment.

Turns out a guy in the Mission hauling his kid on his bike was the victim of a hit-and-run driver early this month. Fortunately, the child wasn't hurt, but the cyclist/father had his back injured, an incident written up on the local blog favored by cyclists.

One commenter had the temerity to question the wisdom of the practice, bringing down the wrath of the faithful. The dissenting commenter simply made a point that's the natural reaction of those of us who aren't adherents of BikeThink: "Shame on you for putting your kid at risk like that! If you want to ride your bike, fine, but your kid, your bike are NOT ACCESSORIES." 

This common sense observation provoked a furious response from the bike people.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons sees cycling as the greatest cause of head injuries in children.

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