Jim Pocras

  • rsvped for LACBC 2017 Open House on Facebook 2017-11-07 21:18:56 -0800

    LACBC Open House 2017

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    Celebrate with LACBC as we reflect back and look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2018! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and fun! Every attendee will be entered into a free drawing for a chance at great prizes!

    Entry is free for all LACBC members. Not a member? You can sign up here, or purchase a membership at the door.

    No one will be turned away at the door!

    Thank you to our Open House Sponsors!


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    WHEN
    December 07, 2017 at 6pm
    WHERE
    LACBC HQ
    634 S Spring St
    Los Angeles, CA 90014
    United States
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  • published California's New Road Laws in Blog 2016-01-22 17:13:42 -0800

    2016: New Year, New Laws

    JimPocrass.jpgOn January 1st, 2016, several new road laws went into effect. LACBC board member and bicycling attorney Jim Pocrass was kind enough to talk about these new laws on a recent episode of Bike Talk and write up a summary of the new laws.

    With the new year comes a host of new laws. Here is an overview of the new California laws that affect cyclists and drivers of vehicles (motor-driven or not).

    Yellow Alert: The California Highway Patrol will start using a Yellow Alert to enlist the public’s help in hit-and-run crashes. It will operate almost exactly as the emergency Amber Alert. Hit and runs have become a California epidemic, taking the lives of hundreds of cyclists, bikers, pedestrians, and motorists each year.

    The next two laws are not “new,” in the sense that they have been on the books for a while. They have been clarified in order to make them more specific to California lawmakers’ intentions.

    Earbuds and Headphones: It has long been illegal to operate a vehicle—including a bicycle—wearing headphones or earphones on both ears, except in a few specific circumstances. Senate Bill 491 amends CVC 27400, which makes it unlawful to wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears, while operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle. This prohibition does not apply to persons operating authorized emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and refuse or waste equipment while wearing a headset or safety earplugs.

    There is some conversation among the bicycle community about whether or not earbuds are included in this statute. Though the word “earbud” is not stated within the law, apparently the Department of Motor Vehicles is interpreting the law to include earbuds as demonstrated by its press release in which it uses the term “earbuds” in the title of the law.

    It seems clear to me that whether or not earbuds are specifically included in the writing of the law, they are certainly included in the intention of the law.

    Slow-Moving Traffic: Assembly Bill 208 is codified in California Vehicle Code Section 21656. It was amended to read that on a two-lane highway, when passing is unsafe because of oncoming traffic or other conditions, any slower moving vehicles that are traveling slower than the normal speed that traffic is moving in the same direction at that time, must pull over either into the nearest designated turn off or wherever there is a sufficient area for safe turnout when there are five or more vehicles behind it so that those vehicles may pass the slower vehicle.

    AB 208 has caused a lot of discussion in the bicycle community because the changes are so slight. The salient points you need to know are: 1.) since cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities of vehicle drivers, this law, naturally applies to cyclists, too;  and 2.) the law only specifies two-lane roads and five or more vehicles behind you.

    E-Bikes: Assembly Bill 1096 gave two of the three classifications of electric bike the right to access bike paths and bike lanes. This is the first of its kind of legislation in the country and demonstrates the growing popularity of e-bikes.

    As of 2017, manufacturers must label e-bikes Type 1, 2, or 3. Simplistically explained, Types 1 and 2 have a maximum assisted speed of 20 miles per hour versus Type 3, which has a maximum assisted speed of 28 miles per hour.

    According to AB 1096, Type 1 and 2 e-bikes may now be ridden in bike paths, bike lanes, bike routes, and protected lanes (Class I, II, III, IV bikeways). Having said that, counties, cities, and other government entities retain the right to regulate e-bikes as they wish.

    E-bike riders still may not be permitted to ride, unless specifically indicated, in the following areas:

    • Bike paths and roads that are not under federal or state vehicle codes. For example, in a county park.

    • On natural surface parks, such as on mountain bike trails, and in open spaces.

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  • signed Beverly Hills Greenway 2015-01-05 10:54:37 -0800

    Beverly Hills Greenway

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    "62-feet for a World-Class Street"

    A world-class Santa Monica Boulevard is possible in Beverly Hills. The boulevard's future has been the subject of much angst, but Beverly Hills can have it all:

    • A complete street for people driving, taking transit, walking AND biking;
    • A beautiful boulevard with the very best in street design;
    • A safe roadway of uniform width; and
    • A green boulevard that maintains the same amount of green space.

    A coalition of Beverly Hills residents, business owners and other stakeholders is supporting the "Beverly Hills Greenway"--a compromise design that achieves all of the project's objectives without the controversial impacts. Will you join us?

    For background on the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, visit our friends at Better Bike at http://betterbike.org/smblvd/.

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    I support a green vision for Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills that both respects Beverly Gardens Park and provides sustainable transportation choices. The Beverly Hills Greenway would maintain the current amount of green space, add bike lanes and keep traffic moving safely--all in a uniform 62-foot roadway.

    62 feet for a world-class street!

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  • donated 2014-10-23 12:54:33 -0700

    Donate to LACBC!

    Let's make Los Angeles County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike: Donate to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!

     

    We can process your donation here or you can mail a check made out to: LACBC. If your donation is for a local chapter, please write that in the memo. Mail your donation to:

    Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
    634 S. Spring Street, Suite 821
    Los Angeles, CA 90014

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  • signed Hit & Run Petition 2014-03-28 10:50:13 -0700

    Stop Hit-and-Runs in California Now!

    Sign this petition to show your support for stopping hit-and-runs in California!

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    Damian Kevitt visits the scene of his hit-and-run one year later.In the City of Los Angeles, 20,000 hit-and-run crashes occur annually, resulting in over 4,000 injuries. Of those injuries, 150 will be severe or fatal ones, and people walking and biking are disproportionately affected, accounting for 75% of those severe injuries and deaths.

    While other crime rates in the City of L.A. have fallen over the past several decades, hit-and-runs have held steady or increased. If you are hit and severely injured or killed while walking or biking, there’s a greater than 1 in 5 chance that the driver will not stop. In February 2013, a motorist hit Damian Kevitt while he was biking through Griffith Park in L.A., pinned him down, and then dragged him several hundred feet, leading to severe and near-fatal injuries. Hit-and-run victims are often more severely injured or killed during the act of fleeing than from the initial collision. Stopping after a collision saves lives.

    So why do people run? Because they’re likely to get away with it.

    Los Angeles is at the center of a larger statewide problem that needs to be addressed throughout California. The chance of someone being penalized for a hit-and-run crime, even if the perpetrator is caught, is so low that it is often worth the risk. Drivers that are drunk face lesser consequences if they leave, sober up, and maybe turn themselves in if they see their case on the news. The meager penalties that do exist are rarely enforced. Prosecutors often downgrade charges or allow civil compromise, letting drivers off with a slap on the wrist. Drivers that flee the scene do not lose their driving privileges, despite neglecting the most basic responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.

    We call on the California State Legislature and Governor to revoke driving privileges of hit-and-run drivers and to increase penalties to remove the incentive to flee when drunk.

    We call on law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to treat hit-and-run collisions like the violent crimes that they are by regularly reporting statistics, allocating adequate resources for investigations, and imposing appropriate penalties on perpetrators.

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Jim Pocrass is a leading Los Angeles trial lawyer who represents people who have suffered serious personal injuries or families who have lost a loved one.

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