LAPD to Visit Bicycle Advisory Committee at Changed Hollywood LocationFebruary 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 1 Comment
Tags: Anti-Harassment, LA Bike Plan, lapd
Tomorrow’s Bike Advisory Committee meeting has changed locations from its normal downtown location to the Hollywood City Hall Community Room, 6501 Fountain Avenue. The meeting will still be held at 7pm.
Check out the BAC’s agenda and you’ll see that the LAPD’s Commander David Doan will be giving an update on the policy and training changes that the department has been undertaking to make the streets safer for bicyclists. In anticipation of February’s upcoming “Bike Safety” themed transportation-committee meeting, it’s important that bicyclists come out to share their stories with the LAPD, making sure to keep the issue of bicyclist safety high on their list of priorities.
We’ve been following the gut wrenching story of Ed Magos, an East Hollywood Neighborhood Council member and bicyclists who was struck by an SUV, only to be left at the scene when the driver fled. We’ve learned that Ed’s case was rejected for prosecution by both the City and District Attorneys, largely on the basis of his non-life-threatening injuries, serious though they were. Because this is the nature of the current hit-and-run law, LACBC is looking for ways to make sure that bicyclists aren’t left for dead without consequence. Our thoughts go out to Ed and his family as he recovers.
We believe the ongoing number of hit-and-run incidents against bicyclists are the result of both a lack of infrastructure city and county wide, and adequate laws protecting bicyclists in the City of Los Angeles and the State of California. The LACBC is currently working on both of these issues.
Please continue to send all your thoughts and stories on what constitutes harassment of bicyclist to firstname.lastname@example.org, which we will compile and forward to City officials drafting the Anti-Harassment Ordinance.