Bike Parking Update
Just to update everyone on the status of bike rack installations: Last October, LADOT Bike Blog sought input on good locations to place bike racks. Thanks to your valuable insight, LADOT has received over 130 requests! Since our last post on the matter, we have now installed over 120 additional racks!
As always, if you think you know a great location for a bike rack, please submit your bike rack request here. Be sure to review our past post “How to Get a Bike Rack” for some general rules of thumb to make sure your suggested location will work. Also, you can check out our rack inventory progress in map form by clicking the MAPS tab at the top of the LADOT bike blog page.
So how exactly do we get from receiving your lovely requests to actually installing a bike rack? Well first (what I consider the most important part of the process) is for you to send in those requests! Next up, we catalog your requests into our database. From there, we check to make sure that your requests meet a few requisites (inside the City of Los Angeles, etc). Then comes the fun part–we head out and mark the racks! If for some reason we are unable to mark your request, we will e-mail you the reason why. Finally, our contractor goes out and installs the racks for everyone to enjoy. And because we’ve recently purchased an additional 350 racks, we’ve got tons of racks that need to find happy homes next to L.A. businesses (so do keep the requests coming).
Now That’s Progress
Our interns have been busy cataloging, sorting, mapping and marking future bike rack locations throughout the city. Progress can be seen in the form of LADOT rack markings on sidewalks in a number of Los Angeles neighborhoods. With so many locations marked for future bike rack installation, the LADOT Bike Blog is celebrating the retirement of our stencil.
This battle tested stencil has served the Bikeways department very well over the years, and is beginning to show its age: as evidenced by the cake like crustiness of the orange paint seen above. Join us in celebrating the retirement of the stencil, which now hangs in the LADOT Bikeways Hall of Fame (the intern “bull pen”, Cubicle 09-K1-18). Let’s hear it for progress!