City of Lights Bike Parking Rack Campaign Update!September 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Bike News | 6 Comments
Tags: Bicycle Parking, city of lights, Pico-Union
As some of you may recall, City of Lights started a campaign back in Summer 2009 to get the Pico-Union, MacArthur Park, and Rampart Village neighborhoods surrounding the CARECEN Day Labor Center saturated with much needed bike parking racks. Many places that the cyclists we worked with, such as markets, consulates, and social service offices lacked the U-shaped bike parking racks that would allow them to lock up and feel safe and welcome.
This resulted in City of Lights and community volunteers obtaining the proper specifications for rack placement from LADOT with the help of Councilman Reyes’ Office and measuring key community sites. For a complete list of our requests, click here.
After submitting 35-40 requests to LADOT in January 2010, we waited for months in limbo while LADOT lost a key Bikeways staff member and the City of Los Angeles’ General Services, entangled in a deep malaise of bureaucracy, failed to quickly renew the bike parking installation contractor.
As of September 2010, we now have new Bikeways staff who are chipper and helpful, a renewed contract, and some day laborer cyclists who are about to be pleasantly surprised when the racks hit their neighborhood. Stay tuned for our bike parking press event at the CARECEN Center coming out in October!