(Ed. Note: Though we published this post on April 1st, it’s not a joke. This new parking standard is for real.)
Just this week, the Bureau of Engineering signed off on a citywide Bicycle Rack Standard Plan. This new plan will be put to use as we purchase and install bike racks for our citywide sidewalk parking program. The document creates measurable standards to govern proper bike rack material quality, proper bike rack installation procedures, and proper bike rack location criteria.
The new Bicycle Rack Standard Plan for City-owned bike racks is a public document, so download your own copy right here. Having these new standards in place will get all City departments on the same page when it comes to bike parking and ensure that all new bike parking is installed properly.
We should take a moment to note, however, that the new standards only apply to City-owned bike racks. Bike racks installed on private property, or bike racks installed by other public agencies (such as CRA/LA or Metro), can deviate from these standards. Also, having a standard doesn’t preclude us from doing art racks or other types of racks on occasion; it does, however, make ordering new racks to satisfy business requests for bike racks easier for us.
We’d like to give special thanks to former LADOT bicycle coordinator Carlos Morales for all his hard work on drafting the Bicycle Rack Standard Plan. Carlos has moved on from LADOT to take a position as the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Omaha, Nebraska. We wish him the best and thank him for his years of dedicated work at LADOT.