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09-0680_RPT_DOT_10-26-11

09-0680_RPT_DOT_10-26-11

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CITYOFLOSANGELES
INTER-DEPARTMENTALMEMORANDUM
DATE:October26,2011TO:TheHonorableCityCouncil,CityofLosAngelesc/oCityClerk,Room
395
Attention:HonorableBillRosendahl,Chair,TransportationCommitteeSUBJECT:
BicycleRidingonSidewalks-CF0
FROM:JaimedelaVega,GeneralManagerDepartmentofTransportationSUMMARYTheCityofLosAngelescurrentlyallowstheridingofbicyclesonsidewalksaslongasitisdonewithout"...awillfulorwantondisregardforthesafetyofpersonsorproperty."WithsomanY·1moreindividualsridingbicycles,andtheCity'slackofabuiltoutbikewaynetworkperthe2010BicyclePlan,somebicyclists-particularlyslowerriderssuchaschildrenandtheelderly-haveaneedtocontinuetorideonthesidewalksaslongastheirbehaviorsdonotendangerpedestriansorthemselves.ThusitisrecommendedtheCityAttorneyworkwiththeDepartmentofTransportation(LADOT)todevelopadditionallanguagedefiningtheroleofbicyclistsonsidewalkstoupdateorreplaceLAMC56.15.RECOMMENDATIONThattheCityCouncil:
1.
DirecttheCityAttorney,DepartmentofTransportation,andLAPDtoidentifytheissueswithbicyclingonthesidewalkandtodeveloplanguagefortheupdateand/orreplacementofLAMC56.15.DISCUSSIONPertheCaliforniaVehicleCode(CVC)theauthoritytogoverntheridingofbicyclesonsidewalksiscededtotheCitybytheStateper
cve
21100whichallowsthat:Localauthoritiesmayadoptrulesandregulationsbyordinanceorresolutionregardingthefollowingmatters:(h)Operationofbicycles...onthepublicsidewalks.PerCouncilMotion09-0680,theCityhasaninterestinrevisingLAMe56.15,theCity'sordinancegoverningbicycleridingonsidewalksinLosAngeles.WithmanymoreAngelinosridingbicyclesfortransportation,andthelackofaconnectedbikewaynetworkintheCity,completelybanningbicyclesfromusingsidewalks-especiallytochildren,seniorcitizensandotherlowspeedbicyclists-isapooroptiontorevisingandenforcinganewordinance.CurrentlytheLAMereadsasfollows:SEC
56.15
BICYCLERIDING-SIDEWALKS
 
HonorableBillRosendahl
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October26,2011(AmendedbyOrd.No.148,990,Eft.12/17/76.)1.Nopersonshallride,operateoruseabicycle,unicycle,skateboard,cart,wagon,wheelchair,rollerskates,oranyotherdevicemovedexclusivelybyhumanpower,onasidewalk,bikewayorboardwalkinawillfulorwantondisregardforthesafetyofpersonsorproperty.(AmendedbyOrd.No.166,189,Eft.10/7/90.)2.Nopersonshallride,operateoruseabicycleorunicycleonOceanFrontWalkbetweenMarineStreetandViaMarinawithintheCityofLosAngeles,exceptthatbicycleorunicycleridingshallbepermittedalongthebicyclepathadjacenttoOceanFrontWalkbetweenMarineStreetandWashingtonBoulevard.(AmendedbyOrd.No.153,474,Eff.4/12/80.)3.Nopersonshalloperateonabeachbicyclepath,oronanareaofabeachwhichissetasideforbicycleorunicycleuse,anybicycleortricyclewhichprovidesforside-by-sideseatingthereonorwhichhasaffixedtheretoanyattachmentorappendagewhichprotrudesfromthesideofthebicycleortricycleandisusedordesignedtocarryanotherpersonorpersonsthereon.4.ForthepurposesofthissectionmotorizedbicyclesasdefinedbySection406oftheCaliforniaVehicleCodeshallbeincludedwithintheterms"motorvehicle"asdefinedinSection415oftheVehicleCodeandasusedinSection21663oftheVehicleCode.Inaddition,theLAMCalsoprovidesauthoritytotheDepartmentofTransportationtopostsidewalksclosedtobicyclists-andotherusers-undercertainconditions:SEC85.07REGULATIONOFROLLERSKATING,SKATEBOARDINGANDBICYCLING(AddedbyOrd.No.166,526,Eff.1/27/91)TheDepartmentofTransportationisherebyauthorizedtoinstallanytrafficcontroldevicesitdeterminesnecessarytoregulateroller-skating,skateboardingandbicyclingonsidewalksandroadwaysinordertoimprovevehicularorpedestrianmovement,reducecongestionordiminishaccidentpotential.Suchdeterminationsshallbemadeonlyonthebasisoftrafficengineeringprinciplesandtrafficinvestigations.Whensuchdeterminationshavebeenmade,theDepartmentisauthorizedtoinstallsignsgivingnoticeastothenatureoftheregulationaswellassignsthatprovidesuchsafetywarningsasitdetermineswillassistthoseengagedintheregulatedactivities.LAMe56.15isdifficultforthelaypersontounderstandanddoesnotclearlydefinehowabicyclewhenusingthesidewalkasatravel-wayshouldbehavearoundpedestrians,enterintersections,orinwhichdirectiontheyshouldtravel.Nordoesitincludetheprovisionsin85.07whichmaybanallbicyclingonsidewalksinspecificbusinessdistricts.Portland.Oregonallowssidewalkridingexceptinspecificareas,theirmunicipalcodestates:16.70.320OperatingRules.(AmendedbyOrd.No.165594,July8,1992.)

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