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Councilmember's Proposal Wins Attention at Mayor's Bicycle Summit

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants a statewide bicycle helmet law that would require all cyclists, regardless of age, to don one while riding. Among the many positive topics broached, that was the recurring theme for him at his first bicycle summit yesterday. His reasoning is based on what spun him into a bicycle advocate: when he shattered his elbow in a bicycle incident last month, the results could have been worse if he were not wearing a helmet.

But cyclists were not savvy to the helmet idea, instead cheering a proposal from City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl.“California is long overdue for a ‘Three-Foot Passing Law,’” he said. “I’d like to work with you, Mr. Mayor and the cycling community to come up with a legislative strategy to get this passed at the state level.”