City of LA Bicycle Parking Draft Ordinance Now AvailableFebruary 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 12 Comments
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In this time of limited resources and ever shrinking city staffs – LACBC is harnessing the talents of urban planning and public policy graduate students from our local universities and linking them with cities to take on many of the bicycle and pedestrian planning and policy issues faced by cities and provide them with much needed research. We’ve already begun working on tackling some of the policies and programs outlined in the City of LA Draft Bike Plan utilizing several graduate student researchers/interns.
Rye Baerg, UCLA Urban Planning Masters Student, LACBC researcher and City Planning Intern, is currently working with the Code Studies division of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to implement a revision of the bicycle parking ordinance in the Los Angeles Zoning Code. Currently the City of LA only requires bicycle parking for commercial and industrial uses at a rate of 2% of automobile uses in buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. For most commercial uses this results in one space being provided per 25,000 square feet. So, if you’ve been wondering why there never seems to be adequate bicycle parking when you need to lock up, now you know. Rye and City Planning have drafted a proposed ordinance with input from various city departments and are now soliciting input from all of us and the broader LA community on the draft.
The highlights from the draft ordinance include:
• Expanding existing requirements to multifamily residential buildings
• Requiring a minimum for both short and long-term bicycle parking
• Raising the level of required bicycle parking
• Expanding design and siting criteria including lighting, signage,
and access requirements
• Including definitions for both short and long-term bicycle parking
As of today Planning has a discussion draft of proposed ordinance available for public comment for the next 60 days. Planning will be holding a public hearing on March 30th at City Hall in room 1010, where they will provide a presentation on the ordinance. In early April Rye will be presenting to the LA Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) on the ordinance. Over the next few weeks Rye and City Planning will schedule some additional outreach meetings with stakeholders and at the end of the 60 day public comment period Planning will then revise the draft and present it to the City Planning Commission.
We plan to publish Rye’s research report in late June on our website. Rye’s report will examine bicycle parking policies and best practices from around the country – we hope his research can influence better bicycle parking ordinances in cities across the county.
To view the purposed ordinance click here: Bicycle Parking Public Notification Packet
To submit comments on the ordinance contact Tom Rothmann at LA City Planning:
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