Friday, February 18, 2011

City Launches First Bike Corral in Highland Park


Working with local business and City departments, Councilmember brings City’s first bike corral to Highland Park outside Café de Leche

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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 18, 2011) – Less than a year after the City Council officially approved Councilmember José Huizar’s legislation to build the City’s first bike corral – a single parking location that can accommodate 10 bicycles – the biking community celebrated Friday the inaugural corral outside of Café de Leche in Highland Park.

Café de Leche co-owner Matt Schodorf brought the idea for a bike corral outside his business to Councilmember Huizar in order to better accommodate his customers. Councilmember agreed and introduced the motion in July 2009 and then went to work with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) and the City’s General Services Division (GSD) to design and build the model corral, which will be duplicated throughout the City.

Councilmember Huizar also agreed to pay the cost of the corral.

“The best ideas in the City often come from community members and business owners and that is certainly the case here,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I want to thank Matt Schodorf and our partners for working with me on this bike corral. The City has worked to improve services to the bicycling community, but we need to do more. Expanding this bike corral pilot program throughout the City is a great first step.”

Councilmember Huizar’s staff worked with the LADOT, BSS and GSD to deal with the hurdles associated with implementing a pilot program, such as the specific design, manufacturing and installation plans.

“We're excited to be installing the first bicycle corral in the City of Los Angeles, which will help to get car-centric Angelenos out of their vehicles,” said Amir Sedadi, LADOT Interim General Manager. “The Department of Transportation isn't just about moving cars, but helping to 'move Los Angeles forward' by offering people multi-modal choices.”

Special thanks also goes to the bicycling community, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce for their support.

Click here for the LADOT Bike Blog. Enjoy the slideshow from the event.