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Six cyclists cited as LAPD probes alleged drunken bike ride

August 10, 2011 |  7:31 am

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.

Los Angeles police cited six bicyclists and impounded at least one bike after responding to reports of a group of cyclists who appear to have been drinking while riding and holding up traffic in Playa del Rey.

Multiple units were dispatched Tuesday night after reports of an unruly crowd of bike riders, LAPD spokeswoman Karen Rayner said.

They "appeared to be drunk and drinking alcohol," Rayner said.

Officials were still trying to determine whether the group was part of an organized ride and continued to investigate.

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.

After an increase in bicycle accidents in the central area of the city, the LAPD asked both motorists and cyclists earlier this month to do their best to share the road.

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

But the LAPD has said it would not hesitate to throw the book at cyclists who failed to obey traffic laws or operated their bicycles while impaired.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert Lopez
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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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