Highland Park Celebrates LA’s First Bike CorralFebruary 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved, LACBC Events | 7 Comments
Tags: Bicycle Parking, bike corral
Today, in front of the popular Café de Leche, the community of Highland Park, the city of Los Angeles, Councilmember José Huizar and the bicycling community celebrated the cutting of the red ribbon on Los Angeles’s first bike corral.
There was a great crowd that came to Café de Leche to show their support for this momentous and exciting occasion. The bike corral has taken the place of a parking space, but instead of just one car, the space can now accommodate ten to twelve bikes, which ultimately helps local businesses and promotes walking and bike riding. Also, the bike corral offers riders a clearly visible place for them to park their bikes.
Councilmember Huizar hopes to turn Los Angeles into the “largest bike-friendly city in America.” Following, other groups and supporters, C.I.C.L.E., Joe Linton, and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, including our very own Alexis Lantz, spoke as well and expressed our aspirations for more bike corrals and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly progress in the future. It’s something we will definitely be holding the city to.
In addition to the groups and people previously mentioned, this bike corral could not have been installed without the support and hard work of Flying Pigeon, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Ramon Martinez, and LADOT Bikeways staff.
It’s almost been a year since the Los Angeles Street Summit and it’s incredible to see that the future we envisioned last year is coming into fruition. Later this year, we are looking forward to the 4th Street bike boulevard being implemented.
Right after the Councilmember Huizar cut the red ribbon, the crowd roared with excitement, as eager bike riders jumped on the opportunity to be one of the first to chain their bicycles to the corral.
This would not have been able to be achieved without the support of the bicycling community. More positive change will happen in the future, especially with the upcoming passing of our Bike Plan.