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Venice Welcomes a New Bicycle Corral to the Neighborhood!

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Bright and early this morning, the LADOT Bike Program, City Council District 11, the LA City General Services Department, and LADOT Field Crews installed the City’s newest bicycle corral at 15 West Washington right in front of the local neighborhood favorite, Hinano Cafe.

This installation is part of both the LADOT’s strategic plan, Great Streets for Los Angeles, and the 2035 Mobility plan which call for the installation of over 25 bicycle corrals throughout the metropolitan area.

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Secure, safe bicycle parking is an essential element of a comprehensive bicycle network. Demand for bike parking in Los Angeles has continued to grow as ridership increases and the City’s bicycle network expands. A lack of adequate parking not only discourages ridership, but also encourages people to lock their bikes to parking meters, trees, or sidewalk furniture. Where there is bicycle traffic and limited sidewalk space, on-street bicycle parking offers a worthwhile alternative…. That’s where bicycle corrals come in!

Our bicycle corrals can accommodate up to 16 bicycles in the same area as a single vehicle parking space. They work best where sidewalks are too narrow to accommodate bicycle racks and in areas with both high levels of people bicycling and demand for bicycle parking like West Washington Blvd. When placed near street corners, a corral also increases visibility and creates an additional buffer between people walking and people driving which increases safety for all.

These new bicycle corrals have already proven popular throughout the City and our newest one was no exception.  In fact, no sooner than the installation was complete, we had our first user!

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Want a Bicycle Corral of Your Own?

Our People St Corral application cycle is currently on an open and rolling basis! You can learn more on our People St Bicycle Corral page where you can find the answers to FAQs and the application.

Eligible sponsors include business or property owners, non-profits, and community organizations. Sponsors must sign a maintenance agreement with the City in which the sponsor agrees to keep the corral clean and debris-free. Please note that corral placement restricts street sweeping. We suggest reaching out to our staff at peoplest@lacity.org to advise on any proposed location prior to submitting a full application.

Find a Corral

Looking for other corrals to park your bike around the City?  You can find a list of all existing bicycle corrals on our corral page, and you can check out our awesome new City of LA Active Transportation Map to find a corral near you.

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LA’s first Bicycle Friendly Business District is coming to Northeast Los Angeles

Small businesses and bikes blend on N. Figueroa St., Photo courtesy Flying Pigeon LA

We are happy to announce that the City of Los Angeles is working on establishing its first Bicycle Friendly Business District in Northeast Los Angeles.  For the past year, the Bike Program has been developing a Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) program to foster a broad and engaging range of bicycle friendly features in business districts or corridors.

The program aims to provide districts with adequate bicycle facilities including bicycle parking and repair stations, bikeways, creating maps of the bikeway network, installing signage, and facilitating bicycle wayfinding.  By cultivating bicycle friendly business practices in local businesses and developing local business districts to welcome patrons on bicycles, these districts seek to build community, increase physical activity, and make streets less congested while supporting Los Angeles neighborhood businesses.

Bicycle Friendly Business Districts – What are they?

A BFBD is a partnership between the City, neighborhood and business organizations, and local businesses that improves a business district’s Bicycle Friendliness through bicycle infrastructure and local business promotions to people travelling by bicycle.  The district encourages and promotes short, local trips, especially for shopping, dining and recreation.

The BFBD program complements complete streets and traffic calming objectives in order to capture local dollars and further neighborhood development in Los Angeles.  Districts cooperate with the LADOT, the Council Office, and local community partners to implement services already offered free of charge through the LADOT Bike Program.

These services, infrastructure, and other program elements combine with  local investment in bicycle amenities and programs privately funded by neighborhood and business partners.

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Coming Soon: More Bike Corrals!

The site of the soon-to-be installed bike corral in Atwater Village.

It seems so distant, but February 18th, 2011, just two and a half years ago, was when the city’s first bike corral was installed on York Boulevard in Northeast LA.

Getting the corral off the drawing board and onto the ground was a lengthy process, but ultimately the project was able to march ahead thanks to both local residents’ support and political will. The day the bike corral officially opened was rightfully celebrated as a great stride in the city’s efforts to become more bicycle friendly.

Shortly after the York Boulevard bike corral was installed, we released a bike corral application form to gauge interest for future potential bike corral locations. Approximately a year after the city’s inaugural corral was installed, a second was placed as part of the Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake. Read more

Bike Rack City Marked

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We’re stoked to see community organizations like Multicultural Communities (familiar to many of us via their City of Lights program) put on events like the “Bike Rack City Ride” to educate and empower the public about our bicycle sidewalk parking program. In case you’re not familiar with the program, the city offers free bicycle parking in the form of inverted-U shape racks along sidewalks in front of commercial areas. We depend on your requests to help us provide bicycle parking where it is needed most. Your requests have contributed to an all time high of over 600 racks installed this past fiscal year. Read more

Racking Up Bike Rack Requests

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Two bike racks marked to be installed at Nick’s Cafe on Spring Street

More and more people are embracing bicycling lately with pleasant summer weather and a growing number of bicycle facilities being implemented. Of course, with increased bicycling comes the need for safe, secure bicycle parking.

Recently the LADOT Bike Program has been busily marking locations for requested bike rack installation throughout the city. Let’s take a look at some of the neighborhoods we’ve been visiting lately:

Canoga Park

  • Out in the valley about a dozen bike racks have been marked along Sherman Way. Some of the bike rack requests being fulfilled are at: Taco y Cemitas Puebla, Hot Nail Salon, Musica Latina, and WSS Shoes.

Cypress Park

  • A handful of requests brought the LADOT Bike Program to Cypress Ave. Among the businesses to get bike racks along this corridor are: Uno Market, Guadalajara Bakery, Cypress Liquior, and Nore’s Beauty Salon.

Eagle Rock

  • The most recent neighborhood the Bike Program visited, where sufficient requests allowed about 40 bike racks to be marked for installation. Destinations like the Eagle Rock Library, Dave’s Chillin’ and Grillin’, and All Star Lanes Bowling will see new bike parking soon.

Highland Park

  • Home of Los Angeles’ first bike corral, more  bike racks have been marked for installation along York Blvd. Businesses soon to receive bike parking include: Mariscos, Hair Zone Barber Shop, The York, and Villa Sombrero.

Palms

  • Plenty of destinations along Motor Ave. have been marked: Computech, Mama’s Original Pizza & Pasta, Iman Cultural Center, and The Garage will be graced with bike racks in the near future.

Silver Lake

  • The Silver Lake area will see more bike racks, particularly on  Rowena Ave. and Hyperion Ave : Blair’s Restaurant, Camelot Kids, Silvertake Neighborhood Kitchen

Help Us Provide Parking Where You Need It

Does your part of the city need more bike racks? Did we miss locations on our recent visits? Fill out a bike rack request form or tell us in the comments if you know areas that need bike parking.

Bicycle Accommodations at the new Grand Park

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View of on-going construction at Grand Park in the distance from the Caltrans Building

Later this summer, Downtown Los Angeles will welcome it’s newest – and grandest – park yet with the opening of Grand Park. The 12-acre park will stretch for four blocks from Grand Ave. (adjacent to the Music Center) to Spring St. (City Hall). In a recent L.A.Times article on Grand Park, County Supervisor Gloria Molina revealed that the park will play host to a variety of events, including concerts, farmers markets, readings and festivals. According to the Times, events will be coordinated by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, which also oversees the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.

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Notice for January BPIT: Project Updates, Bikeway Engineering in Conflict Zones, Protected Bicycle Lanes, Bicycle Parking, and more!

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The next quarterly Bicycle Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meeting will take place on January 10th, 2012 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the California Bear Credit Union Meeting Room – 100 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012. The meeting room is directly accessible from Broad Plaza – you won’t need to enter the Caltrans building. To view the agenda, click here. More on the meeting below the fold.

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