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West Hollywood puts teeth in bike law

July 29, 2009 | 11:58 am

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.