State Senator Drops Mandatory Helmet Proposal for Bicyclists

In a victory for bicycle advocates, a state senator has dropped a proposal that would have made California the first state in the country to require every adult who rides a bicycle wear a helmet.

Instead, State Sen. Carole Liu’s legislation now calls for a “comprehensive study of bicycle helmet use in California” that would “evaluate the potential safety benefits of a mandatory helmet law.”

“Carole believes in consensus-driven policy, and there were too many conflicting opinions about helmet use,” said a spokesman, Robert Oakes. “A study will provide the data needed to guide us to the next step.”

The amended bill also removes a requirement that would have required bicyclists to wear “retroreflective high-visibility safety apparel” at night… (more)

Feature Disabled After San Jose’s ‘Smart’ Parking Meters Unexpectedly Reset, Leading To Tickets

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose’s “smart” meters have been leading to lots of unexpected tickets for drivers, and the city is making them just a little bit dumber to solve the problem.

Some of San Jose’s new ‘smart’ parking meters downtown have been resetting to zero when some heavy trucks pass, leading to tickets for drivers.

A lot of construction and heavy machinery around downtown has led to a lot of parking tickets.

San Jose lawyer Todd Rothbard has been snapping photos with his cell phone when he feeds meters outside the superior courthouse.  He had gotten three tickets in less than two weeks.

“I would have paid it if it had just been a single ticket, because it’s well more than $40 worth of time goes into presenting a case, and telling them they’ve got a problem,” Rothbard said.

San Jose did own up to the problems and have disabled the troublesome reset function on some meters. But, the city is relying on people to report the faulty tickets themselves… (more)