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(Ed. Note: Though we published this post on April 1st, it’s not a joke.  This new parking standard is for real.)

Just this week, the Bureau of Engineering signed off on a citywide Bicycle Rack Standard Plan. This new plan will be put to use as we purchase and install bike racks for our citywide sidewalk parking program.  The document creates measurable standards to govern proper bike rack material quality, proper bike rack installation procedures, and proper bike rack location criteria.

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Page 1 of the new bike rack specs

The new Bicycle Rack Standard Plan for City-owned bike racks is a public document, so download your own copy right here.  Having these new standards in place will get all City departments on the same page when it comes to bike parking and ensure that all new bike parking is installed properly.

We should take a moment to note, however, that the new standards only apply to City-owned bike racks.  Bike racks installed on private property, or bike racks installed by other public agencies (such as CRA/LA or Metro), can deviate from these standards. Also, having a standard doesn’t preclude us from doing art racks or other types of racks on occasion; it does, however, make ordering new racks to satisfy business requests for bike racks easier for us.

We’d like to give special thanks to former LADOT bicycle coordinator Carlos Morales for all his hard work on drafting the Bicycle Rack Standard Plan.  Carlos has moved on from LADOT to take a position as the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Omaha, Nebraska.  We wish him the best and thank him for his years of dedicated work at LADOT.

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Update: We were just forwarded the BAC’s agenda for their 4/5/11 meeting.  You can download it here.

The start of a new month always heralds plenty of new venues for hearing bike-related issues.  The slate of upcoming meetings and hearings relating to bicycling concerns, however, happens to be particularly robust in the coming two weeks.

  • Wednesday March 30th: City Planning is holding a public hearing for the proposed bicycle parking ordinance.
  • Tuesday April 5th: The Bike Plan Implementation Team (BPIT) meets at City Hall for their monthly meeting.
  • Tuesday April 5th: The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) holds their bi-monthly meeting at Hollywood City Hall.
  • Sunday April 10th: The first of three CicLAvias in 2011.
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CM Reyes installing racks at CARECEN; in the near future, a revised bicycle parking ordinance should hit the streets (and inform new developments)

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The BAC met this past Tuesday night, like they do every even-numbered month.  This month, the BAC held elections for 2-year officer terms.  In a tight vote, Jay Slater (former Vice Chair) was elected the third Chair in BAC history.

Come follow us below the fold as we cover the election results, an update from the estimable Sergeant Krumer, the latest results on a zoning change to require more bicycle parking, the Bike Plan Implementation Team, reports from the subcommittees, and various other agenda items.

In all, 15 of 19 BAC members appeared for the Tuesday night vote

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LADOT Bike Blog has spilled quite a bit of digital ink over the last week talking up LA’s first bike corral at Cafe de Leche in Highland Park. Today saw the grand opening of that bike corral, and LADOT Bike Blog was on hand to witness the joyous occasion.

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CM Jose Huizar gets a little help with the ribbon cutting

But now that the big moment has come and gone, we find ourselves (almost) speechless.  Funny, how that can happen. (more…)

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Just a quick update that construction has begun in earnest on LA’s first bike corral! Though the grand opening is on Friday (and may be postponed due to inclement weather), crews started working on installation of the racks this morning. Braving the chilly, rainy conditions, work crews installed the 5 racks of the bike corral into the street asphalt this morning. Photos were taken by new LADOT Bike Coordinator Nate Baird, who subsequently tweeted the good news.

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Construction crews hard at work

You can check out more photos of the bike corral on our flickr account or our facebook page.

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If you happen to be bicycle-inclined (and if you read this blog, we bet you are) there are quite a few things to celebrate this week in Los Angeles. A brand new, incredibly large, bike shop in downtown is having their grand opening on Wednesday. Two days later a brand new, incredibly awesome, bike corral is having its grand opening in Highland Park on Friday. Follow us below the fold for all the details.

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It sometimes seemed like the day would never come. And yet:

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Now, what could be at that intersection?

That’s right, a Bike Corral is finally coming to Highland Park.  In the coming weeks, a bright & shiny bike corral will be installed in front of Cafe de Leche at York Boulevard and Avenue 50.  First leaked to Highland Park Patch, a tentative date of February 18th at 9:00 AM has been set for the corral’s grand opening.  Flying Pigeon and CicLAvia have also posted jubilantly about the impending bike corral.  But before jumping into specifics, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane.  How did we get here?

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