Silver Lake merchant Peter Choi was pleasantly surprised to discover that a new bike rack had been installed on the sidewalk outside his gift shop and several other nearby stores along Sunset Boulevard. However, Choi said he wondered how the inverted-U rack, installed by the city’s Department of Transportation Bike Program, got there. Choi, owner of Serifos, didn’t request the rack. But it turns out that anyone can recommend a bike rack location, according to Michelle Mowery, Bike Program Senior Coordinator. Once a request is received, a city employee inspects the site to make sure it can accommodate a rack.
Mowery does not know who requested the rack in front of Choi’s store but she said at least five new racks were recently installed in the area. Most likely one rack was requested and a city employee found suitable locations for others nearby. “We try to do it all at the same time.”
Each bike rack costs the city about $250 to buy and install, and the Bike Program is on track to install about 400 of them a year. To request a rack, click here to fill out an online form.