Bicycles & Pedestrians

Los Angeles Moves to Protect Bicyclists

Freeways may be a symbol of Los Angeles, but LA made history last week when it passed the country's first ordinance to outlaw verbal and physical harrassment of bicyclists. As the LA Times noted, this will allow bicyclists to sue for damages in civil court even if criminal charges are not filed. Conflicts between bicyclists and motorists may stem from drivers not recognizing bicyclists' rights on the road, while many cyclists ignore the fact that they are required to follow the California Vehicle Code. Common sense and courtesy, however, can go a long way toward allowing all road users to peacefully coexist.

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