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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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Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell unveils our newest bike corral, hosted by Kaldi Coffee

After much anticipation, Atwater Village now feature’s the city’s newest bicycle corral!  The corral is located in the 13th District, south of the vegetated bump-out on Glendale Boulevard and Madera, and its maintenance has been generously sponsored by Kaldi Coffee.

This corral marks the launch of the next phase of our pilot Bicycle Corral Program and is the first installation of a new corral design, our very own palm tree-adorned version of the Dero Cycle Stall Elite.  The latest design will continue to be seen across the city as we work to have 9 more similarly designed corrals installed in L.A. neighborhoods in the near future, identified through our Bicycle Corral Interest Form on a first-come first-serve basis. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Foursquare Page

The LADOT Bike Program has created our very own foursquare page that will allow you to interact with our bicycle corral facilities online and on your smartphone! Foursquare is a social networking application that allows users to keep up with friends, discover what’s near by, and save money by unlocking rewards and specials. We’re hoping to tap into the platform to encourage exploration of our city by bicycle. (more…)

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Silver Lake bike corral

Sunset Triangle Plaza bike corral

Update: Sunset Triangle Plaza and its accompanying bike corral are now open! If you know a commercial district that could use a bike corral, please fill out our interest form and let us know.

LADOT has installed the City’s second-ever bike corral as a part of Living Street L.A.’s Sunset Triangle Plaza Pilot Project. The Plaza, opening this Sunday, March 4th, is at Griffith Park Blvd between Edgecliffe Drive and Maltman Avenue. Be sure to visit Living Streets L.A.’s website to find out more about Living Streets L.A. and their Streets for People initiative. Grand opening festivities are scheduled to take place from 11 AM – 2 PM. Below the fold, more on our latest bike corral.

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Back in August, someone accidentally backed into our bike corral at the intersection of York Blvd and Ave. 50. The corral sustained some damage to the concrete island and the rack frame. Fast forward to November, and we are happy to report that City crews have recently re-bent and re-bolted down the steel track, restoring all of the corral’s spaces to perfect working order. We have also recently submitted work orders for a new improvement to the corral’s design. More on that below the fold.

York Blvd bike corral damage

York Blvd. bike corral damage

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