The Healdsburg city council in Sonoma County California will consider a proposal for a vulnerable user ordinance, according to the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC). The proposed ordinance allows cyclists and pedestrians to file a civil suit against motorists who harass them and is modeled on similar legislation now in effect in the city of Los Angeles.
The SCBC says the meeting is scheduled for 6 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Healdburg council meetings are normally on Monday nights. I’ve asked for clarification and will post an update when I receive it.
The presentation will be informational only, but it’s still helpful for cyclists to show up and let the council know how you feel about such an ordinance. SCBC has worked aggressively to promote a vulnerable users law throughout the county. Sevastopol became the first Sonoma County city to to adopt this ordinance in December 2012. Berkeley, Sunnyvale, and Los Angeles have similar laws on the books.
Via Sonoma County native Eric Eisenhart.