Highland Park Celebrates LA’s First Bike Corral

February 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved, LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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Café de Leche and the 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.

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  1. Love this–and congratulations on all the work to make this what I’m sure will be the first of many.

    So when and where will the next one(s) be going in? We’d all love to see more of these. When biking around Portland, they were everywhere, which made bike parking so convenient–and sent a very encouraging message about the community.

    • Hey Ross,
      LADOT applied to Metro for funds to install 30 bike corrals around the city – 2 each district – but the funding is usually a little slow in coming and it will a few months before they even find out if their application will be awarded funds.

      In the meantime interested communities/businesses should let us know and get in touch with their Councilmembers. The biggest issue as with everything these days is funding, so the public/private partnership that can come from a business wanting a bike corral is a great way get more corrals implemented while we wait for Metro to award funds to LADOT.

  2. […] let you read the accounts of many others who have covered the particulars of this great day for LA’s bicyclists.  We […]

  3. […] of news about the corral. LA Streetsblog reports more than 100 people showed up for the event; the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition blog relates the mood: “Right after the Councilmember Huizar cut the red ribbon, the crowd roared […]

  4. […] L.A. gets it’s first bike corral in front of Highland Park coffee shop Café de Leche, which could be the model for similar installations throughout the city. […]

  5. […] done in his district including the green pavement treatments with the 1st Street bike lane, the city’s first bike corral, and other improvements he hopes to see implemented. A mix of public officials, press, cyclists, […]

  6. […] February: The City of LA’s first bike corral appears in Highland Park in front of Cafe de Leche. (link) […]

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