City Seeks to Make Storm Drain Grates More Bicycle Friendly

Common Grate (Left) ; More Bicycle-Friendly Grate (Right)

Common Grate (Left) ; More Bicycle-Friendly Grate (Right)

The Bureau of Sanitation is looking for the location of storm drain grates that they can upgrade to a design more friendly to bicycle tires. The current effort will help Sanitation to find locations that are the highest priority by bicyclists for replacement. The grate above on the left is an older design, while the right shows the new bicycle-safe one. Cross-hatching prevents tires from getting caught.

We need your help in finding grates that are the highest priority for replacement. If you see a grate that needs to be upgraded, please let us know the nearest intersection and what side of the street it is located on. For instance, a good description would be: “on the northbound side of Figueroa as it approaches 7th Street.” If possible, please include a photo of the grate in question.

Unfortunately, we cannot improve grates outside the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles, so please be sure the grate you are submitting is actually in City limits.

There are plenty of ways for you to let us know what grates need upgrading.

You can email us: ladotbikeblog+stormdrain@gmail.com

You can tweet at us: @LADOTBikeProg

You can Facebook us: LADOTBikeProgram

Remember to include the nearest intersection, direction of travel, and a photo if possible.

The Bicycle Program will compile a list of grates that need upgrading and we’ll share that information with the Bureau of Sanitation so they can install new grates as funds become available.

With your help, we can make a safer Los Angeles for bicyclists.

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  1. mark Van Horne
    mark Van Horne says:

    This is a great idea. You should also look at drainage channels in the street. My girlfriend was crossing a street in front of a freeway onramp and her front tire got stuck in a narrow channel in the road, designed to direct water. She took a spill and still carries a scar from the incident. This was the West bound onramp to the 101 at Coldwater Cyn

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  2. roadblock
    roadblock says:

    That “bike friendly” grate on the right looks like it would still eat my thin road bike tires but still looks better than the left. Thanks LADOT.

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