The LADOT Bike Program has just installed two more bicycle corrals as part of the City’s pilot program! The two corrals, both located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the very bicycle-friendly neighborhood of Venice, are the new custom LADOT cyclestall design. Both locations, one outside of Gjelina Take Away and the other outside Local 1205, are some of the oldest bicycle corral requests on the books from a waitlist of over 25 requests. The Bike Program is happy to finally deliver these corrals after much organization, coordination and planning! Councilmember Bonin is as excited about the new corrals as we are, saying, “One of the coolest streets in LA just got a lot cooler thanks to two new bike corrals that will let dozens of people safely park their bikes as they visit businesses in the area. Bike corrals are a great use of space and an excellent reminder that our streets belong to everyone – including those who travel on two wheels.”
Both corrals represent the LADOT’s most contemporary integration of bicycle parking on a city street, addressing issues relevant to all users whether they are pedestrians, drivers, or bicyclists. By removing bicycle parking from the sidewalk, the corrals free up space for pedestrians and the sidewalk’s actual purpose: walking. The corrals are designed with features that protect them from cars once they are in the street, including durable rubber wheel stops and object marker signage that will warn parking cars that they are approaching the corral. From the bicyclist perspective, the corral design provides ample space between the curb and corral for bicycles to enter from the street in addition to being accessible from the sidewalk.
Beyond the design layout, we wanted to follow up with why we chose the cyclestall hardware for the pilot. Both the corral hardware and design have been implemented for their safety, as safety is our number one concern. The cyclestall corral shape and orientation towards the sidewalk demarcates a clear transition for users: from being a bicyclist to being a pedestrian. As people on bikes dismount in the corral, there is no confusion or opportunity for the now-pedestrian to enter the roadway- one’s only option is to safely approach the sidewalk, without any potential conflict with a car.
The Bike Program would like to acknowledge and thank our hardworking field crews for getting these corrals in the ground. Installing a bicycle corral is no simple feat. LADOT Marking, Striping, and Signage crews, as well as our colleagues in the General Services Department, worked on the actual corral installation.
In case you haven’t heard enough about bicycle corrals today, let’s discuss a few ways that they can and will benefit the surrounding businesses and community. Benefits of the corrals include, but are not limited to, turning one parking space into 12, protecting bicycles in their care, and increasing business visibility and promotion. Corrals also provide general safety features to the street: calming traffic, and promoting driver awareness.
Don’t worry, we’re not done with our pilot! Next in line are corrals at Antigua Coffee in Cypress Park (3400 N. Figueroa St) and Laemmle Theatres in North Hollywood (5240 N. Lankershim Bl.). If you are interested in getting a bicycle corral in your neighborhood, the first steps are identifying a maintenance sponsor and a viable location. We consider applications for corrals on a first-come, first-serve basis and as mentioned, we have a wait list of over 25 corral requests. If you are the owner of a local business who would be interested in having a bicycle corral outside your establishment, please take a look at the Bicycle Corral Information and Application: