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City Attorney to Weigh Options on Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance

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The City Attorney's office was instructed to recommend options for the creation of a bicyclist anti-harassment ordinance after discussion at the City Council's Public Safety Committee this morning. "Most of what you asked for is already within the law or the state jurisdiction," said committee chair Greig Smith, explaining that the city has limited authority over vehicle codes.

However, there are a few things that are not within city or state law yet, explained Michelle Mowery, the city's Senior Bicycle Coordinator. "For instance, a number of states have enacted three-foot passing laws... We don't have that in the state of California," she said.

Deputy City Attorney Jude Real agreed with Smith on a local ordinance: "It may not be as specific as people would like."