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LAPD Vows to Protect Cyclists

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Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told a group of bicycle advocates that department-wide training would be implemented to highlight the rights of bicyclists on the road and ensure that officers know how to deal with incidents involving bikes.

Beck’s statements come amid growing complaints from cyclists that their rights are being infringed by drivers. It marks the first time top LAPD brass has publicly addressed the issue.

Beck said bike riders are “our most vulnerable commuters” and that the police department needed to do a better job protecting them.

“We hear you, we know we need to do a better job for you,” Beck said.

Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the training would include a document that would be included in official department policy outlining officers’ responsibilities in dealing with cyclists on the road. He said it was still unclear what would be in the document but said he hoped to meet with bicycle groups and have it ready within 30 days.

Paysinger also said that in less than 45 days the department would create a computer-based “e-learning” agenda that would be mandatory for all police officers to help them better recognize problems and issues involving cyclists.

Paysinger also pointed to other actions the LAPD had recently taken involving bicyclists – creating a working group with advocacy groups, appointing an official liaison within the police department and ensuring that all incidents involving bicyclists are handled by each bureau’s traffic division – as evidence the LAPD had begun to take bicycling safety more seriously.

Beck’s statements came during a transportation committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. About 20 cycling advocates, including some from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, came to the meeting to address Beck after they completed a bike ride to call for justice for victims of hit-and-run accidents and to protest what it says is unfair treatment of cyclists.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, chairman of the transportation committee, said it was a “historic first” to have the chief of police listening directly to the experiences of cyclists and promising reform.

“Today is the beginning of a new day with the LAPD,” Rosendahl said. “My hope is that six months from now an officer will know the rights of cyclists as well as the rights of motorists.… I think the LAPD, like pretty much the citizenry in general, has had the car culture.”

The ride traced the route that local cyclist Ed Magos used to take on his daily commute to City Hall, where he works in the information technology department. Magos was injured Jan. 6 when he was struck from behind while cycling on 2nd Street near Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to the coalition. The motorist stopped but then drove away. The motorist later went to an LAPD station but was not charged with a crime.

–Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photos: L.A. Times file


Written by yellow fork

February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

SLC to Donate Unclaimed Bikes

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via Salt Lake Tribune

Ever wonder what happens to your bike after the police take it back from the junkie who lifted it for a LSD inspired joy-ride? Well, if it wasn’t registered (don’t feel bad mine isn’t) it typically ends up in the no-man’s land of the city impound.

Salt Lake City, Utah has taken a noble step to make good use of bikes that are left unclaimed for over 90 days.  The bikes will be donated to the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, a non-profit that does a ton of good for the cycling community as a whole, but especially for low-income folks who need a reliable and independent way to get around.   

“Putting butts on bikes just got a boost.

By unanimous vote, the Salt Lake City Council has agreed to allow the police to donate all unclaimed bicycles to the city’s nonprofit bicycle collective, which fixes them up for low-income residents and refugees — often for free.

“It’s a great way to get those bicycles back into the community where either kids or low-income families have access to efficient and inexpensive transportation,” says Dave Iltis, chairman of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. “Given the popularity of cycling, especially as gas prices go up, that total pool — through abandoned or stolen bicycles — could go way up.”

Parties from the mayor’s office and the collective have been working through the details of the resolution for nearly a year. Earlier this month, the council gave its nod. Members say the prospect of putting bikes back on the streets — even if it means losing a few thousand dollars at public auctions — benefits the city by providing alternate transportation and reducing air pollution.

“It’s more of a value-added partnership than it is a donation,” says collective Executive Director Jonathan Morrison, explaining that 30 nonprofits received rehabbed bikes in 2008 — some as many as 150. The majority, Morrison notes, went to the International Rescue Committee, which helps to service refugees.”

Salt Lake Tribune

Now that’s thinking!

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

November 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm