In the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, down on his luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (played by William Holden) has his automobile repossessed early in the film. The loss of his car serves as both a mechanism of the plot, keeping him dependent on aging movie queen Norma Desmond (played by Gloria Swanson), and as a symbol of Gillis' descent into second class citizenship. In the unreal world of California, the car culture is king, and not driving relegates a person to second-class status, as two recent accounts of cyclists getting in trouble with the law for being cyclists show.
One involves a city bus driver in Los Angeles that at one point attempted to run over a cyclist. The LAPD of course arrested the cyclist.
Another saw a cyclist cited in Beverly Hills because an SUV attempted to hit him. The police cited him for being a "pedestrian" blocking traffic. A follow-up posting describes a hearing on the incident, and another road rage attack on the cyclists who testified at the hearing.