Pioneering Ordinance Protects Bicyclists in Los Angeles

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Bike safetyBike-friendly Los Angeles passed a pioneering law that would protect bicyclists from harassment by motorists. The ordinance makes it a crime for drivers to threaten cyclists verbally or physically.  



Bike on roadHarassed bicyclists could sue in civil court without waiting for city to press criminal charges.  The law was passed following a recent incident that involved a 63-year old bicyclist being struck and killed by a car on a downtown street. 


Stories of harassment included motorists who threw objects, shouted insults, and others who tried to run bicyclists off the road.  Over the past eight years, the number of cyclists have risen by 48%, resulting in increases in conflicts between motorists and bicyclists.  


The League of American Bicyclists regarded the new law as "a groundbreaking move".    


Perhaps bike-friendly San Luis Obispo might follow suit? 

For more info, check out:-

(a) SLO Bike Club

(b) SLO County Bicycle Coalition




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Comments (3)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Sherry,  I'm sure that other Communities will follow suit shortly..thanks for sharing.

Jul 31, 2011 08:32 PM
Evan Little
Surterre Properties - Santa Ana, CA
Eco, Live/Work, Sales and Management

That's excellent!  I've had lots of bicycle riding friends hit by cars so anything to keep cars away from bicycling commuters in an high denisty area sounds great.  You don't mention in the post, but I assume this is the county of LA and not just the city, right?

Aug 01, 2011 08:08 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Sherry, we love the outdoors and biking, you should sign up to become your local advisor at the new website

See my AR post for more information.

Aug 15, 2011 01:54 AM