L.A. Council Member Ed P. Reyes Seeks Support for Bicycle Legislation

Council Member Ed P. Reyes CD 1 encourages the city of Los Angeles to adopt new bicycle oriented legislation.

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Published December 27, 2006 by C.I.C.L.E.
Contributed by Enci

Council Member Ed P. Reyes CD 1 encourages the city of Los Angeles to adopt new bicycle oriented legislation.

If you live in Los Angeles, and are in support of this legislation, you should contact your council member to ask for their support for Council Member Reyes resolution.

From Enci's Blog:

Erik, Stephen and I went the LA City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 19th to testify on bicycle issues. Council Member Ed P. Reyes from District 1 got all fired up about making bicycling a safe transportation solution for Los Angeles (he was hit as a youngster by a car while riding his bicycle.)The next day he released this Resolution and Motion, that needs to be seconded and supported by our other Councilmembers:

 

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations, or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state, or federal governmental body or agency must first have been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and

WHEREAS, bicycle transportation is an integral part of the "multi-modal" transportation system planned by federal, state, regional and local transportation agencies; and

WHEREAS, bicyclists on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations; and

WHEREAS, bicyclists who have been involved in an accident with an automobile may sustain serious physical injuries, such as broken bones, however, serious collisions can result in head injuries which are responsible for most bicycle related fatalities and long-term disabilities; and

WHEREAS, motorists often focus on other motorists and fail to pay proper attention to cyclists; and

WHEREAS, the failure to yield the right-of-way to cyclist is the most common cause of automobile .. bicycle collisions and our car-centered culture seems to automatically assign blame for these accidents to the bicyclists; and

WHEREAS, in areas of Europe where riding bikes is a common form of transportation, there is a presumption that all vehicle collisions with bicyclists are the fault of the motorists; and

WHEREAS, this presumption needs to be applied in California so that we can increase the awareness of bicycling as a safe and viable mode of transportaion;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2007-2008 State Legislative Program SPONSORSHIP or SUPPORT of legislation that would amend the California Vehicle Code to assign responsibility of any collision between vehicles and bicyclist to the motorist.

PRESENTED BY: _________________________________
ED P. REYES

Councilmember, 1st District

SECONDED BY: __________________________________

MOTION

The City of Los Angeles continues to develop a bikeway network for the enjoyment of current bicyclists and to encourage more people to use bikes as a mode of transportation. Commuting by bicycle is an effective means to reduce air pollution and conserve energy and gasoline and helps to improve the "livability" of communities by reducing traffic, noise and congestion.

Currently, the City develops regional and local transportation projects that often sever existing bikeways make bicycling worse on existing streets, or do not provide for them in new construction projects. Improving conditions for bicycling does not occur as part of project development and such a process should be institutionalized and systemic. Street and road reconstruction is the time to re-evaluate the function of a road and its context, and to reallocate the right of way if appropriate to meet the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians. Several California cities have passed ordinances that require all new projects, or major reconstruction projects, to accommodate travel by pedestrians and bicyclists, except where pedestrians and bicyclists are prohibited by law from using a given facility or where the costs of including bikeways and walkways would be excessively disproportionate to the need or probable use. There is no requirement to acquire additional right of way to improve bicycle and pedestrian access, however, the agency must consider reduced motor vehicle lanes and lane widths, and reduced median widths as a means of providing the appropriate bicycle or pedestrian facility.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council direct the Department of City Planning and the Department of Transportation to report on the feasibility of developing a policy and/or ordinance that would call for the consideration of bicyclists and pedestrians in the planning, design and construction and reconstruction of all transportation projects.

PRESENTED BY: _______________________________
ED P. REYES

Councilmember, 1st District

SECONDED BY: _______________________________

(stamped) DEC 20 2006

Please, call your Councilmember, and urge him or her to support this motion!!!

Read the original post by Enci here.