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LAPD called in to handle large group of drunk, unruly bicyclists

August 9, 2011 | 11:16 pm

Map shows approximate location of incident in black and recent crime reports in brown. Click for more details on The Times' interactive Crime L.A. project. The Los Angeles police responded Tuesday night to a call in Playa del Rey about a large group of bicyclists who may have been drinking while riding and holding up traffic.

The incident occurred about 10:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Culver Boulevard. Witnesses reported a group of up to 100 bicyclists in the street. They "appeared to be drunk and drinking alcohol," said LAPD spokesman Karen Rayner.

Rayner said there were no immediate details about the situation, which was "still unfolding."

Multiple police units were dispatched to the scene to handle the unruly crowd of bike riders, she said. Part of the group was detained pending further investigation while another pack of bike riders was reportedly headed south toward El Segundo.

After a spike in bike accidents in the central area of the city, the LAPD asked both motorists and cyclists earlier this month to do their part to share the road.

The press event followed Los Angeles City Council's approval last month of a new anti-harassment law designed to protect bicyclists from motorists. The ordinance makes it a crime to threaten cyclists verbally or physically. It also allows riders to file suit against drivers without having to wait for the city to press criminal charges first.

But the LAPD has said they will also not hesitate to throw the book at cyclists who fail to obey traffic laws or operate their bicycles while impaired.

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--Andrew Blankstein (Twitter/anblanx) and Robert Lopez (Twitter/lajourno)

Map: The approximate location of the bikers' incident is shown in black and recent crime reports in brown. Credit: Crime L.A.

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