The Columbia, Missouri City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on June 16, which will impose penalties of $1000 or a year of jail time for harassing cyclists. The law was modeled after similar laws in South Carolina and Colorado.
The ordinance covers anyone who:
- Throws an object at or in the direction of a cyclist,
- Threatens a cyclist,
- Frightens or disturbs the cyclist,
- Sounds a horn with the intention to frighten or disturb a cyclist,
- Knowingly placing a cyclist in the path of physical injury, or
- Knowingly engaging in conduct that creates a risk of death or serious physical injury for a cyclist.
The ordinance passed with plans to amend it at the July 20 City Council meeting where council members plan to amend it to include other types of pedestrian traffic.
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