BRUNSWICK — A proposed ordinance that would have required adults to wear bicycle helmets while riding on the Androscoggin River bicycle path in Brunswick has been tabled.

The path, which winds along the river, attracts bikers and walkers, and is routinely patrolled by Brunswick police offices on bicycles. A lot of children use the path.

Town Councilor Ben Tucker, who sponsored the law, said the Town Council had questions about enforcement and infringing on peoples’ rights. It was tabled at Monday’s council meeting.

“The bike path would have been a good place to start,” Tucker said. “I’m still hopeful that someday we will require everyone to wear helmets. It’s just not going to happen for a while.”

Brunswick could have become the first town in Maine to pass such a law. State law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet.

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