More ammo against cyclist harassment

“people have a right to ride a bicycle in the City of Los Angeles”

A soon to be law makes harassing (previously only assaulting was a crime) a cyclist illegal. Which opens the doors to civil suits for those convicted of harassing someone simply for riding a bike. Any cyclist in Los Angeles will tell you harassment is an almost daily event which makes this news huge. Much more info about this over on the LA DOT Bike Blog but needless to say, this is a fantastic step in the right direction towards making LA a better city for everyone.

7 Replies to “More ammo against cyclist harassment”

  1. What I wouldn’t have given to have had that law on the books two years ago when (a href=”http://www.wildbell.com/2009/02/03/another-4th-street-fracas/”>this happened.

  2. I hope they will also enforce the laws that make cyclists stop at stop signs and obey proper road behavior. Driving home a few days ago I stop at my stop sign. Look both ways – no other person is at the junction stops so I start to pull through. A cyclist comes speeding down the street runs his stop sign and cuts right in front of me. I have to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him. I honk the horn out of surprise and frustration. He skids his bike to a stop – comes back at me and bangs his first on the roof of my car and shouts…”respect effing cyclists you douchebag – we have right of way”. I jumped out of my car (I’m 6’6) and asked him why he ran his stop sign and why he hit my car with his fist. Of course he then suddenly peddles off and flips me the finger. Nice. Oh and guess what…I used to own a bicycle store so I’m very pro bicycle if you actually know how to ride one and behave on the street.

  3. Jim, I said nothing about “enforcing” laws, rather about them finally existing.

    Running stop signs is against the law. Cyclists who chose to break that law and get caught get a ticket just like someone driving a car.

    Until recently harassing cyclists wasn’t illegal, now it is. People will still choose to break that law but, in the same way someone who runs a stop sign has to pay for the consequences of those actions, so will someone who harasses cyclists.

    I’m talking about something that seriously effects the lives and safety of ALL PEOPLE ON BIKES, but by all means, if you’d like to twist the topic back to what that one guy on a bike did that annoyed you, as if that is some justification for putting the lives of all cyclists at risk, go right ahead.

  4. I wonder if this will apply to LAPD as there have been incidents talked about even here with police officers didn’t get it when it came to bikes and harassed a bicyclist.

  5. Hope so Fraz, in fact, that’s kind of the point. Before unless there was an actual assault they couldn’t do anything, and unless they saw it happen wouldn’t do anything. Now it doesn’t need to go that far for them to get involved, nor are they required since civil suits are an option.

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