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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Your block need a bike rack? Here’s how to place your order

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.



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4 comments

  1. Thanks for the bike love! We always want to hear from people where they want bike racks.

  2. Nice rack.

    (Sorry.)

  3. The SIDEWALK bike rack if fine and great.

    But I note, the proposals by some to eliminate car parking along the street to put in bike racks on the street is WAY wrong.

  4. Have to disagree with Tom on that. Los Angeles has a glut of car parking. By some estimates its literally half the surface area of the city. HALF. Take a look at the recent visualization that Gehl Architects did to show the nearly 550 acres of parking around the Figueroa corridor to get an idea of how misguided LA’s parking policies are:

    http://gehlarchitects.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/slide02.jpg

    Meanwhile, our sidewalks are too narrow, and there’s a massive shortage of bike parking given the amount of people that ride. Sidewalk racks are great, but converting parking spaces into bike corrals is much preferable. It doesn’t sacrifice precious sidewalk space, and it sends a signal that LA is finally getting serious about alternative transportation. LA’s way behind the curb on this, and its high time we caught up to progressive cities like Portland, New York, and Washington DC!

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