From the awesome LADOT Bike Blog:
Today, bicyclists have a new tool to defend themselves from harassment and assault. An anti-harassment motion, originally introduced by Council Member Bill Rosendahl, has been released today with prior approval of the City Council. Bicyclists can now bring civil suit against drivers who assault them, harass them, threaten them, or intentionally distract them.
In the ordinance, the City recognizes not only that “people have a right to ride a bicycle in the City of Los Angeles”, but also that bicyclists are harassed and assaulted simply for being bicyclists – this ordinance gives bicyclists the right to go after offenders in court. The ordinance is now a public document, so you can read it yourself.
Click here to read the rest of this article on the LADOT Bike Blog. It is a must read!