Leaders in the City of Los Angeles recently voted to pass an ordinance which makes verbally or physically harassing bicyclists a crime, to help increase the safety of bicyclists of all types. The Los Angeles Times has a good article about the issue here.
… shared stories of harassment; they described motorists who threw objects, shouted insults and tried to run them off the road.
This ‘groundbreaking move’ is one huge step forward that Los Angeles has taken recently to encourage bicycling in their metropolis. Harassment from drivers can certainly rattle any bicyclist, and threaten safety of all road users, discouraging this type of behavior is something we at the Coalition work towards everyday.
We previously posted a great series of videos from South Carolina to promote safe streets, this one deals directly with harassment:
We hope that everyone on the road can feel comfortable to give and get respect, this will keep everyone safe. Ride predictably, ride smart, and have fun!