We know it’s hard for you tear yourself away from CARMAGEDDON, but we here at the LADOT Bike Blog would be remiss if we didn’t update you on how things are coming along for the Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance.
The Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance, which you can read in its entirety here, has been gaining more and more attention. Outside of the copious amounts of coverage on the LADOT Bike Blog for the ordinance, it has now been also picked up by Streetsblog, various Patches (Venice, Mar Vista, Brentwood), Biking in LA, and elsewhere. The idea is already starting to spread – even before the ordinance gets to council: there are calls for similar legal protections in Washington DC.
Council District 10 Council Member Bill Rosendahl also recently released a video making his case for the Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance. You can see more at his Youtube channel.
Tell Your Story – Support the Ordinance
But it’s important for people not to just read about the importance of an anti-harassment ordinance; people need to see the faces of those who are routinely harassed on LA’s streets. They’re our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, friends, and children. Seeing the faces of those who are harassed makes it that much harder for people to dehumanize a bicyclist.
We already have a forum on our Facebook page to tell your stories of harassment, but now we ask for your videos. Share your videos with us, and share them with your friends. Below is a video of Carol, a bike advocate and UCSD urban planning alumn, talking about what an anti-harassment ordinance would mean to her. We’ll be posting up new videos to the blog periodically next week in run-up to Wednesday’s City Council hearing. You can also subscribe to CM Bill Rosendahl’s Youtube channel to receive video updates.