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Santa Monica PD to Look Out for Dangerous Cyclists in July

When bicyclists are found at fault in an accident, the common reasons have ranged from failure to stop at a traffic signal to unsafe speed.

Santa Monica police will watching for cyclists who endanger themselves and others this month. Patch file photo.
Santa Monica police will watching for cyclists who endanger themselves and others this month. Patch file photo.

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.


kenny mann July 08, 2014 at 11:14 AM
unfortunately there is no enforcement with pedestrians on the beach bike path.

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