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Child in bike trailer on state highway worries motorist

The in basket: Lois Fetters said in an Aug. 19 e-mail, “On Sunday afternoon we saw a man riding a bicycle with a trailer which held a small child.

“The child did have on a helmet but they were traveling along the side of the road on Sedgwick having just come off the freeway or across the freeway overpass from the area of Lowe’s.

“This seems very unsafe,” she said.  “In a world where each child is required to sit in a car seat with a five-point harness much like a NASCAR driver until they are of a size that the car’s protective devices will protect them, it seems to me that this bicycle trailer can’t even be legal.”

While asking State Trooper Russ Winger about Lois’ concern, I asked if a child with a helmet on can ride on the back of a motorcycle.

The out basket: The trailer is legal, Russ says. The child restraint law pertains to motor vehicles. He also surmised that the trailer probably had a harness inside to protect the child.

As for my question, Russ said, “A child must be age 5 to ride on the back of a motorcycle. (Too young but that’s my own opinion).”

Russ also gave the bicyclist props for having a helmet on the child in the trailer. Though bicyclists, and by extension those being towed by one, are strongly advised to wear a helmet in this state, it’s required only in some cities.