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Since 2010 the LADOT Bike Program has worked diligently to introduce, formalize, and refine bicycle corrals for the City of Los Angeles.  We have seen huge successes in our process, from the revival of the York Boulevard commercial corridor and pedestrian space to the overcrowding of our much needed Abbot Kinney corrals.  We have also tested and modified designs, beginning with U-racks, moving to the Dero Cyclestall Elite, and now a modified version of the Cyclestall that better serves cargo bicycles.  We are about to embark on our largest yet deployment of bicycle corrals in Los Angeles and hereby announce a call for new applications.  In the next two years, the department’s strategic plan, Great Streets for Los Angeles, calls for the installation of over 25 bicycle corrals.  There are many criteria that go into corral site selection and approval, but before we explain the fine print, we wanted to take you through a tour of lessons learned and the corral history that goes into today’s revision.

Phase 1

Our very first York Boulevard Bicycle Corral was yarn bombed to mark the new year!

Our first corral on York Boulevard featured many elements that have been discontinued due to cost, functionality, and permanence.  Our first design featured welded U racks that needed to be pre-assembled and lifted into place by crane.  The design also featured asphalt buffers that were repeatedly damaged by cars and delivery vehicles.  This design has been popular with users, as it allows a barrier-free approach to parking.  The lack of barrier, though convenient, does not provide as much protection as a structure that fully separates the parking from the travel lanes, and therefore, after considering all factors, the next round of corrals was modified significantly.

Phase 2

The corral at Gjelina Take Away has been seen packed here with 18 bikes! Photo courtesy Gjelina

Our next round of corrals consisted of 11 custom Dero Cyclestall Elites.  The new design, which fully separates the bicycle parking from travel lanes has sometimes been criticized by users as difficult to enter, creates a pedestrian interaction for people dismounting their bicycles, orienting the now-pedestrians towards the sidewalk and away from any conflict with moving vehicles.  This setting creates a more conscientious entry and exit from the bicycle parking area, eliminating conflicts between dismounted riders and those passing as well as driver-bicycle conflicts.  Beyond this change, the new corral design utilizes rubber wheel stops, durable buffers against parking cars and reflective flexible delineators that make the corral more visible to approaching vehicles, especially at night.

These corrals are installed in Atwater Village, Venice, Cypress Park, North Hollywood, the Arts District, Eagle Rock, Larchmont Village, Westood Village, and (coming soon!) Downtown’s Historic Core.  This round of installations presented rich feedback on corral placement in relation to travel lanes and bicycle facilities, user density, and the dynamics of nearby bicycle friendly neighborhoods.

Some lessons learned in this phase include:

  • need for high pedestrian and bicycle activity
  • preferred adjacency to bicycle facility (bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, or sharrows)
  • pedestrian scale street settings provide comfortable environment for people parking their bicycles
  • better entry to corral to accommodate cargo bicycles
  • bicycle friendly businesses and high turn-over services that attract people on bikes (like cafes) serve as ideal sponsors for corrals
  • dense, pedestrian-heavy areas with limited parking or sidewalk area are ideal locations for corral placement
  • most corrals necessitate two parking spaces for clearance and visibility reasons

Taking these lessons into consideration, we went back to the drawing board again for our next corral order, incorporating both user and safety considerations.

Phase 3

Our next phase will feature the custom Dero Cyclestall Elite, further modified with shorter side arms that allow for ample entry space. We’ve also ordered 5 corral extenders, allowing sponsors to select a longer version of the corral, expanding parking capacity from 14 spaces (as seen above these corrals can actually fit up to 18 bicycles) to 20 (24) spaces.  The additions fall within the two-parking space area, so the expanded corral does not require further parking impacts.

New Corrals await their future street!

Applying for a Bicycle Corral

We are currently looking for locations for our next corrals!  If you own a business or are part of a community organization that would like to sponsor a corral, check out our corral page, FAQs, and the corral application below.  All sponsors are required to sign a maintenance agreement with the City, where the partner agrees to keep the corral clean and clear of debris (corral placement restricts street sweeping).  Once a corral location is preliminarily reviewed and a maintenance agreement signed, the project enters engineering design, which at times reveals other complications or reasons a corral cannot be installed at that location.  If the project reaches design completion, the installation is coordinated by LADOT.

 

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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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Two LADOT bike racks in front of bicycle friendly Society of the Spectacle. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock

(This post is part of our community profile series, which provides an insightful look into bicycle friendly and bicycle related businesses in the City of Los Angeles. We hope to show why these businesses choose to be bike friendly, and how they are helping to improve the qualify of life for all Angelenos. The LADOT Bike Program is committed to encouraging and supporting bicycling in the City of Los Angeles. If you know of a business that would like to be included in our series here on the LADOT Bike Blog, feel free to leave us a comment below, fill out our form, or email us at ladotbikeblog@gmail.com.)

Featured in today’s community profile are Amy and Katie O’Connell, owners of the eye wear store Society of the Spectacle, located on 4563 York Boulevard in the Highland Park neighborhood. Both are very enthusiastic about cycling and enjoy riding around the Highland Park and Eagle Rock area.

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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.

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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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Inaugural Ride

More bikes = more bike parking needed

We hope that you’ve had a chance to ride L.A.’s newest bicycling facilities. For more green bike lanes coverage, be sure to check out (sorry if I forgot anyone) L.A. Streetsblog, Blogdowntown, The East Sider LA, Los Angeles Wave, Mis Neighbors, L.A. Eco-Village blog, NBC, the L.A. Beat, and the L.A. Times.

We really hope that this facility will encourage more people to get out on their bicycles to enjoy Downtown. To help bicyclists enjoy Downtown even more, we wanted to make sure that everyone knew where to find bicycle parking available along the corridor. Follow us below the fold to find out where sidewalk bicycle parking is available on Spring Street.

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