Author of Oregon's bicycle bill dies

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Donald Stathos, the former legislator who penned Oregon's bicycle law, died Thursday at age 81.

The Republican state representative was responsible for Oregon's law passed in the early '70s that set aside 1 percent of all state highway funds to build and take care of bike and hike paths.

 OregonLive says Stathos was prompted into action because his kids couldn't bike to school safely.

An obituary in The Mail Tribune reports that several other states have since passed similar laws. There's more about Stathos at the Bike Portland blog.

A copy of the Oregon bicycle bill can be found at the Bicycle Source.

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