Bike Corral Motion Passes Unanimously, Several Councilmembers Voice Support, LADOT Casts DoubtApril 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 5 Comments
Tags: Bicycle Parking, bike corral, LADOT
This morning, the LA City Council voted unanimously to approve a motion to implement a bike corral pilot project on York Blvd in Highland Park. Read about the journey that this motion has taken thus far.
After waiting through 20 items worth of public comment at this morning’s Council meeting, the Bike Corral motion finally came up. Joe Linton and Matt Schodorf gave powerful public comment on the simplicity of such a project and the large amount of community support behind it. It was then the council members’ turn. A round-table of support commenced with Councilmember Huizar, who spoke on the benefits of this cutting edge—at least for Los Angeles—project. Councilmember Rosendahl, Reyes, Alarcon, and Labonge all then came forward to voice support for this motion. The rolls were opened, all YESes flashed on the screen, and the motion was passed unanimously.
We would like to thank Councilmember Huizar for the tremendous leadership in getting this motion made and now passed, and his Transportation Deputy Edel Vizcarra has been a huge ally all along the way. Councilmember Rosendahl and his Transportation Deputy Paul Backstrom, both deserve a thanks, as do Councilmember La Bonge and Koretz, for getting this motion out of the Transportation Committee and in front of the full Council. Finally, to all the community members, from NELA and beyond, who came out to push this thing all along the way; none of this could have happened without you.
While today is most definitely a day of celebration–and tuned for both pictures from this morning and an announcement of something special this weekend–the hard work is yet to come. The DOT has repeatedly expressed doubt and disinterest in this project and it’s going to be an uphill battle getting them to implement even something so simple yet so fundamental as adequate bike parking in the form of a bike corral. But having this Council motion approved is a huge step forward and gives us positive momentum in the journey to see this vision realized.