Fear is one of the primary things that keeps people off their bikes. Bike Girl was terrified to get on a bicycle on the streets in Los Angeles before she made the conversion. But cyclists saddle up every day knowing that they have a right to the streets.
What happens when the people who are supposed to be protecting that right decide simply not to? This happens.
Well in response, this happened. Cyclists stormed the Bastille to force the politicians and the police to answer to the mistreatment of cyclists in the city.
Bike Girl is joining other members of the Bike Writers' Collective in condemning the treatment of cyclists by the LAPD and members of the L.A. City Council.
Until the people who are supposed to be protecting cyclists' rights step up, Bike Girl suggests readers learn the vehicle code in their area.
This pamphlet and this post helped Bike Girl learn the rules of the road, and how to bike defensively.
This is where the rules are for riding a bike in California.
This is the Cyclists' Bill of Rights, endorsed by the L.A. City Council.