LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on decriminalizing mobility through the implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan.
“Last year the LA Times released an analysis revealing that Sheriff’s deputies have been pulling over Latino cyclists at disproportionate rates compared to other cyclists. These stops have been used by the Sheriff’s Department as a tool to “fight crime,” but deputies only found illegal items 8% of the time, and weapons were sized less than a half-percent of the time. Many of those bike stops occurred in my District, in communities like unincorporated East LA where inequities already run deep. But, according to LA County Code, it is currently illegal to operate your bike on a sidewalk in unincorporated areas. This motion will change that and provide residents the privilege to use their bicycle without fear of profiling.”
On November 16, 2021, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a motion authored by Supervisor Solis to report back on immediately implementing recommendations from the County’s Vision Zero Action Plan about cycling on sidewalks and on preparing an ordinance to allow the safe operation of bicycles on sidewalks. In response to the motion, the Director of Public Health reported back to the Board on April 19, 2022, and the Chief Executive Officer reported back on June 24, 2022. The reports proposed County Code updates to allow the operation of bicycles on sidewalks, specify processes and partners for establishing a diversion program for persons cited for infractions related to walking and biking, provide recommendations from the Vision Zero Action Plan to further decriminalize and enable alternative modes of transportation in unincorporated communities, and compared Los Angeles County’s policies with other local and national jurisdictions.
The motion approved today moves forward an ordinance to legalize bike riding on sidewalks in unincorporated areas, except where signage is posted. Additionally, the motion directs several County departments, including the Anti Racism and Diversity Initiative, to report back on the impacts of consent searches on bicyclists, the feasibility of securing funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety to enhance bike/pedestrian safety education and enforcement strategies in other jurisdictions that place responsibility for enforcing bicycle infractions in a non-law-enforcement agency and supporting related legislation.
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