SI Vault
Edited by Martin Kane
February 08, 1971
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February 08, 1971


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"The talk at home is grades," he says despondently.


Most of us can remember a time when, pedaling a new bike, we rode grandly past the front porch and, giving the full Nixon gesture, yelled, "Look, Ma, no hands!"

Forget it, at least in Maryland. Now the state has a law that makes it unlawful to crash into the corner mailbox, a utility pole or a brick wall unless you have at least one hand on the handlebar. You can't even carry a passenger unless the bike is specially designed for that purpose, so no more handlebar sitting. Nor—perhaps the one sensible provision of the law—are you allowed to hitch a free ride by clinging to a bus or truck. Not even on roller skates.

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