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West Hollywood puts teeth in bike law

People who break the bicycle riding law in West Hollywood could soon be fined up to $250 for riding recklessly on city sidewalks.

After receiving complaints from pedestrians startled by or involved in collisions with bike riders, the City Council recently decided to designate such violations as "infractions" and allow deputies to fine lawbreakers. Bicyclists will still be able to ride on sidewalks when there is no designated bike lane on the city street.

The WeHo News has more:

That allows deputies to issue citations with fines and penalties attached to them, including a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100), for a second infraction occurring within one year of a prior infraction… two hundred dollars ($200).

For a third or subsequent infraction occurring within one year of two or more prior infractions that resulted in convictions, a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250) shall be imposed.
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This makes me wonder how well the boundaries of West Hollywood are marked on EVERY street going into and out of West Hollywood. If these boundaries are not clearly marked on every single street in both directions, this seems rather difficult from a bikers standpoint to figure out what laws apply.

Also, what does "designated bike lane" mean? There are multiple classes of bike lanes. Some are actually painted, while others are signs on the road that say "Share the road".

Out of curiosity, how many pedestrians have been killed or severely injured by bikers on the sidewalks in West Hollywood? How many bikers have been killed or severely injured by cars on the streets in West Hollywood?

According to the California Vehicle Code, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on sidewalks at any time. This is not new.

Speaking as someone (an elderly person) who has gotten hit walking out the door at work, by a delivery man riding a bicycle on the sidewalk - I wish the police would enforce this law downtown as well!

Thats just obsurd to fine and ticket bike riders. Most riders do use bike lanes when they are available and when they are not, we use the road just like cars would. You would never ticket a pedistrian being strucked by a car. Why would you ticket a bicyclist?

Most bicyclist you would see on the side walks are normally jus kids or illegals that don't know proper bike etiquette.

My mom fell of her bike on the golden gate bridge. now she won't ride one anymore.

The negative comments about West Hollywood's action seem to be from people not familiar with the city. I am a resident of West Hollywood and I work there. I don't have a car or a bike and spend a lot of time on the sidewalks. A big majority of the bike riders in the city are adults. The city is not banning their right to ride, just expecting them not to be reckless. I have many times seen riders speeding down sidewalks as if they were in a bike race. If they cannot ride in a responsible manner, they deserve the punishment they receive.

Thank goodness!
Yes, those cyclists are riding like they're getting ready for grand prix, which puts everyone in danger.
I'm glad they will get fined, because they well deserve it


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