Riding for a Reason
By Beth Livesay
Sep 9, 2007 - 10:51:48 PM
LOS ANGELES—Since February of 2004, a
Los Angeles biker group calling themselves The Midnight Ridazz have been biking for fun, peace, and to the occasional theme night in which the 1300 members of the group dress up.
Cyclists outside Ciy Hall.
on September 6, the Midnight Ridazz rode for a cause. The group agreed to meet the Santa Monica Red Line Station in order to begin riding as an act of protest. Their demonstration was to encourage the city of
Beverly Hills to provide for equal rights among motorists and cyclists and to encourage all people to peacefully share the road. This act of protest was triggered by an incident two weeks ago in which a cyclist was ticketed after a
Beverly Hills woman nearly ran him over with a Ford Explorer. Although the cyclist was ticketed, the motorist was the one who had actually violated two laws: CVC 21202 and CVC 27001.
Ridazz rode to City Hall in order to speak out publicly in front of the Beverly Hills Police and the traffic commission.
Midnight Ridazz and the cyclist who was unfailry ticketed (far left).
According to the Midnight Ridazz website, several cyclists showed up for the event. One blogger stated that the police had received several phone calls and emails about the incident. LAist even reported that emails were coming into the Beverly Hills Police from
Australia. Captain Curtis of the Beverly Hills Police Department said that another police officer will investigate why the ticket was issued. However, the cyclist who was ticketed will still have to go to court to fight the citation. LAist also reported that the city of
Beverly Hills is now exploring the possibility of a bicycle advisory board and incorporating bicycle education into schools.
Ridazz was founded by a woman named Skull and has grown dramatically to include 1300 people who ride on the second Friday of every month. Chapters in other cities such as
San Francisco have sprung up, meaning rights for cyclists may be a growing issue across the state.