Through the LADOT Sidewalk Bike Parking Program, the City installs bike racks in the public right-of-way (City property). Bike racks provide secure and convenient, short-term bicycle parking at office buildings, businesses, or stores located along public sidewalks.

Type of Rack

The LADOT Sidewalk Bike Parking Program uses an inverted-U bicycle rack. It is a 36″ tall, 2 3/8″ thick galvanized pipe that can hold two bicycles. The rack has no sharp edges or moving parts, and is virtually maintenance free. The rack provides good support to the bicycle, and users are able to lock both the wheels and frame to the rack for increased security.

Bike Rack Installation

Bike racks are installed at the request of business owners or citizens. Although racks are the property of the City of Los Angeles and the City assumes responsibility for the rack, the City is not responsible for bikes parked at racks. LADOT Bike Program staff will follow up on submitted sidewalk bike parking applications. There is no fee for a bicycle parking rack and installation is free. If you notice a rack has become loose or damaged please email Gwen von Klan at gwendolyn.vonklan@lacity.org.

Bike Rack Location Criteria

LADOT installs bike racks in the public right-of-way within the City of Los Angeles. Racks are placed near the curb, in line with existing street furniture, and away from parked cars in order to comply with ADA requirements and to avoid conflicts with pedestrians and parked vehicles. Racks are also placed to not obstruct building entryways and crosswalks. Racks are typically not installed at transit locations due to the probability of theft and conflict with bus boarding and alighting.

Request a Bike Rack

To determine if your location qualifies for the program, please review the bike rack location criteria above. Bike rack requests can be submitted online.

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Bike Rack Request Fulfillment

Requests for sidewalk bike parking are fulfilled through a multi-step process.  The first step towards installation is evaluating the feasibility of installing bike parking at sites where requests have been made. Second, if the location is approved, LADOT Bike Program staff will mark the future rack location using survey paint.  If you happen to witness spot our mark on the sidewalk, your request has been approved and submitted to our contractor’s installation queue.

In order to install racks efficiently, we typically mark new rack locations by Council District and install them geographically, rather than in the exact order they are requested. Rack installation times can vary depending on the contractor’s workload. If you have placed a request or are unsure if a request has been placed at a location, please refer to our online LADOT Active Transportation projects map.

Bike Rack FAQs

Need more answers about bike rack requests? To help ensure your rack request is approved and to give you insight into what we look for when installing sidewalk bike racks in the city of Los Angeles, please refer to the following answers to frequently asked questions.

Generally, what is the process for requesting a bike rack?

When a bike rack request is submitted, the location is “web checked” using Google Street View to determine if the requested rack(s) can be installed at that location. If it appears a rack can be installed, the data is entered into a database and then the location is field checked.  If the location is deemed unsuitable for a bike rack, a response email is sent to the person who submitted the request, explaining why the bike rack cannot be installed at the requested location, provided contact information was submitted with the initial rack request.

As part of the field check, an attempt is made to contact the business owner or manager on duty and then the location is marked with survey paint, specifically where the bike rack will be installed. Once marked, a monthly rack installation list is prepared for a contractor who then installs the bike racks over the next month.  Generally, it takes 1-2 months for a bike rack to be installed, but the timeline can vary with the number of racks requested that month, the location of the rack in the City, and the availability of rack equipment.

What criteria is used to determine if a location is suitable for a bike rack?

The Sidewalk Bike Parking Program is for short term bicycle parking to be installed in public right-of-way in business districts on the concrete sidewalk where space allows.

Examples of locations where racks cannot be installed include:

  • private properties
  • schools
  • residential addresses
  • bus stops
  • yellow curb – loading zones
  • white curb – passenger loading zones
  • locations with conflicts such as utility boxes,storm drains, or metered parking spaces
  • in conflict with parking meters
  • on State Highways
  • Westwood Business Improvement District

Racks can only be installed on cement surfaces. The following surfaces will not accept bicycle rack mounting equipment:

  • pervious concrete
  • brick
  • porcelain tiles
  • cobble stone
  • dirt or grass
  • tiled surfaces

How can I find out if a location is within the public right-of-way?

You can look up property lines on navigatela.org

Who can I contact about updates on my submitted a request?

Our new bike rack request system automatically sends e-mail updates to the requestor when the status of their requested bike rack changes. Please do not submit multiple requests for the same location.

Please contact our bike rack coordinator Jose Tchopourian at jose.tchopourian@lacity.org, if you have more detailed inquiries.

Can you install racks at LAUSD schools?

We cannot install racks on LAUSD property because it is School District property. If there is room to install racks on the sidewalk and the racks serve short-term use (not for students to use during the school day), we ask that you obtain written permission from the school principal before we can consider installing racks by school locations.