Mayor Villaraigosa today took another step towards improvements for bicyclists in Los Angeles. We’ll cover that in a bit, but first: New Bike Racks!
We’ve officially hit the 2/3 mark on LADOT Bikeways’ pilot project Sharrows. Installation of new Sharrows took place this weekend along West Adams Boulevard from South Figueroa Street to South Vermont Avenue, adding just under 1 mile of new Sharrows.
We received this comment from reader ‘Joseph E’ regarding locking your bike to a parking meter:
“Why is it illegal? Is it a city ordinance?
Parking meters make great bike parking, and are otherwise a huge waste of sidewalk space.
Care to explain, LADOT?”
Well, technically: yes. It’s a City Ordinance. Follow me below the fold for the longer answer… Read more
On Tuesday, item #21 came before the City Council and was unanimously passed. Hurray! You can listen to the council meeting yourself right here (to digress for a moment, this website is a pretty cool tool. On-demand agenda, videos, and audio files of every City Council meeting. I highly recommend it.). There was also some excellent coverage earlier in the week from LAist, LACBC, Bicycle Fixation, and Biking in LA. LA is lucky to have so many dedicated sources of bicycle information and advocacy.
The motion for a bike corral pilot project on York Blvd., covered here earlier this month, is scheduled to come before City Council tomorrow, Tuesday April 27th. Carried over from last Friday’s council agenda, the bike corrals motion is scheduled as item number twenty one. Here’s the PDF of the continuation agenda, and here’s all the items scheduled to come before it. We’ll keep you updated on any progress.
So we’ve had some recent comments on LADOT Bike Blog, and some considerable interest from LACBC here, to C.I.C.L.E. here, to Streetsblog here and here and here, all championing a pilot program for Bike Corrals in Northeast LA. Councilmember Huizar, representative of Council District 14, has introduced a motion for just such a bike corral pilot project. The motion is coming before the Council Transportation Committee on Wednesday, April 14.
We here at LADOT Bike Blog eagerly anticipate the results.
But I guess we should circle back to the start: What the heck is a “Bike Corral”?
Bike safety is in the news again. This time, it’s a local ABC report of a “brazen” bicycle thief at the downtown library (via Streetsblog LA’s excellent daily links post). We can’t stress enough the importance to proper bicycle parking. With that in mind, let’s proceed to our next segment of “Safe Parking”.
Lock It Up
So far, we’ve covered why you need to lock up your bike, what to lock it up with, and where you should be locking it. But now that you’ve arrived at your destination (which has a great LADOT U-rack!), let’s make sure that your bike is properly secured. Read more
One of the nice things about a bike is that you can lock it up practically anywhere. A lamp post, a parking sign, a park bench, or a railing; pretty much anything securely attached to the ground can hold a locked up bike, though please don’t use a parking meter (h/t to Joe Linton of LA Creek Freak). Even so, not all bike parking is created equal. If you have the option, please lock your bike to a bicycle rack.
An LADOT bike rack is always the best option, and we’re working on adding more of them every day. A bike rack isn’t always available, and we understand that it can be pretty frustrating to look out over a sea of surface parking for cars and have no bike racks in sight. If you have to lock your bike to another fixed object, here’s a heads up: Read more