Cyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance, Public Safety Committee, Monday

By Alex Thompson

Bill Rosendahl’s motion to ask the City Attorney to draft a anti-harassment ordinance will be heard in Public Safety Committee on Monday.  From Rosendahl’s Transportation deputy, Paul Backstrom:

Please be advised that the anti-harassment ordinance will be heard in Public Safety committee this coming Monday, January 11 at 9:30 AM (item #4 on the agenda) in City Hall Room 1010.

09-2895 Motion (Rosendahl – Reyes) requesting the City Attorney, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, prepare an ordinance prohibiting the harassment of bicyclists in the city of Los Angeles. (At its meeting held December 9, 2009, the Transportation Committee recommended that the City Council approve Motion.)

I doubt cyclist attendance is needed, but it’s good to keep an eye on where this one is headed.

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7 Responses to “Cyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance, Public Safety Committee, Monday”

  1. Alex, any clue on how this ordinance might be enforced?

  2. At this point, no clue. We don’t even know what will go into the ordinance – as it stands the motion is just to direct the City Attorney to draft something. I’m a little worried that that is too vague, and that the community needs to be more involved in the drafting process . . . but it wouldn’t be LA if we didn’t put the cart before the horse.

  3. great point! what system do we have in place for educating police officers about bicycle rights and safety? Most cops will tell you that all they know about bike law comes from their “cheater book” which summarizes all state traffic laws:

    “BIKE-SLOW MOVING Ride as near the right hand curb or edge of the roadway as
    practicable. EXCEPTIONS: May use left on one way street.”

    Unfortunately, writing and repealing laws, as we discovered with the disappearing licensing memo usually doesn’t mean anything to the beat cops who are responsible for our safety and largely unresponsive that which threatens it.

  4. …and impounded the cart.


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