You read in “Passenger is the new cargo” about how carrying a passenger is the hot new bike accessory.

Someone in Portland received a citation (back in 2007) for carrying a passenger. And he retained a lawyer to fight it.

The Oregon Revised Statute (814.460) seems more detailed than the Chicago Municipal Code (9-52-090), but carrying a passenger is a-okay.

Sort of: according to the defendant’s lawyer, it will be easiest to win a case if the bicycle was advertised as being able to carry a passenger (like Yuba Mundo, XtraCycle, JoeBike, Madsen, and pretty much every Dutch bike).

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Check out the Illinois Compiled Statute on the matter (11-15-1503):

(a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto. (b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his person in a back pack or sling [emphasis added].

I wonder what the motivation was behind adding the language in bold.

Not busy? Check out Marc’s 700+ photos of passengers on bikes in the Netherlands.