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Ventura County mulls ban on fixed-gear bicycles

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Ventura County is mulling a ban on fixed-gear bicycles on park trails after a hit-and-run accident that left a rider with severe injuries.

Parks director Ron Van Dyck says the September crash involved two bicyclists on the Ojai Valley Trail. He told the Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/HznxDn ) the rider who fled the scene was on a “fixie,” or bicycle without brakes.

Since fixies lack brakes, the rider slows down by using their legs or riding in reverse. Such bikes are popular among urban cyclists.

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The county Board of Supervisors recently approved a first reading of the rule restricting fixed-gear bicycles on trails. It will meet on Nov. 26 for a second reading of the ordinance.



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