Streetsblog Reader Survey: Howard Krepack

Usually, our monthly survey features a Q and A between you, the readers, and one of the elected officials or government staffers that writes, passes and enforces transportation policy.  This month, we’re going to do something a little different.  I asked personal injury attorney and avid cyclist Howard Krepack if he would take your questions about, well whatever you want within his area of expertise.

Howard Krepack, sporting a Velo Club LaGrange polo.

Krepack is one of the principles in the firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton and Goldstein LLP, better known as GEK-Law.  Yes, they’re Streetsblog sponsors, but they’re roots in bicycle advocacy go a lot deeper than supporting our efforts.  He was recently interviewed by the City of Lights program of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition about his support of safe cycling for all cyclists.

He’s also a heck of a personal injury lawyer, especially for cases involving bicycle riders.

Do you have a question about the city’s Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance or a state “3 foot passing law?”  How about the legality of group rides?  If you’ve been in a crash and don’t mind sharing your story with the world, feel free to ask for some legal advice, although you would probably be better served filling out the form for a confidential and free case evaluation.

You can leave questions for Krepack here, or at our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We’ll submit your questions on Monday, so you have some time to think if there’s any legal advice you need.

  • CVC 21202 states that bikes may take the lane when riding in a lanes that have a “substandard” width or when approaching a right turn or when conditions (debris, potholes, etc) demand it. I would argue that most city streets in Los Angeles qualify on all 3 counts and therefore I can take the lane almost everywhere I ride in L.A. TRUE or FALSE?

  • George Larios

    Since harassment without injury or property damage is essentially one person’s word against another’s, then how does one prove harassment? further, if some kind of loss is necessary to prove harassment how does this new ordinance benefit anyone if existing laws and civil proceedings give the complainant cause for filing anyway?  Thanks!

  • Beau

    There’s a world of difference between being harassed, and proving that you’ve been harassed. What sort of evidence would you need to see before you would consider taking a case for a harassed or threatened cyclist under the new anti-harassment law and pursuing it with a reasonable chance of winning?

    Would persistent honking be sufficient, if it made the cyclist afraid he was going to be assaulted? Or persistent honking followed by an unsafe pass? Would a cyclist’s word be enough, or would camera footage of the event and license plate be required, or would one actually need to get the harasser’s face on film?

    Is there any specific preparation that cyclists should do in order to increase the chance of holding a harasser responsible for their actions?

    Thanks!

  • a cyclist in LA

    I think this is a fantastic idea, and the 3 previous commenters asked
    exactly what I would like to know.  When will these questions be
    answered?

    Thanks

  • I just sent these questions and another to Krepack’s office, I’m a little late in getting that done.  When he responds, we’ll post the answers.  Thanks for reading.

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