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Proposal Would Give More Rights to Cyclists Involved in Crashes

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Last December Councilmember Bill Rosendahl proposed that the city create a law that would prohibit the harassment of cyclists in Los Angeles. It was cheered by the cycling community, but others were cautious, citing that many existing laws already cover any such harassment.

"Many of the harassing actions about which bicyclists complain already constitute
California Penal Code and Vehicle Code violations," explained a July report (.pdf) from the City Attorney's Office about the motion, which will be taken up next week in a public meeting.

The report said spitting on a cyclist is assault and battery and that hrowing something at a cyclist would be considered the same, but also a violation of Vehicle Code Section 2311 O(a), which is "Throwing substance at a vehicle."