From the Santa Monica Police Department:
The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit focuses on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causation for traffic collisions.
In July, the Traffic Enforcement Unit will focus on bicyclists failing to follow the rules of the road.
The California Vehicle Code - Section 21200 Laws Applicable to Bicycles:
A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
A majority of the collisions involving bicyclists have been determined that the other party was at fault. When a bicyclist has been at fault, the common causations have ranged from failure to stop at a traffic signal to unsafe speed.
City of Santa Monica Municipal Code – 3.12.540 – Bicycle Riding or Coasting Restricted
(a) It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle or to coast in any vehicle upon any public sidewalk, except as provided for in Section 3.12.550. It shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle or to coast in any vehicle in any public parking structure.
Lt. Trisler wants to remind bicyclists to use the bicycle lane to travel safely to your destination.