The LADOT installed a new bicycle corral on Larchmont Boulevard Wednesday and before the work was even completed, two bicycles were parked in the 12-14-space corral. The space is designed to accommodate many more bikes than a typical sidewalk rack, and will help to keep more bikes off the narrow pedestrian-heavy walkways.
Bike parking options on Larchmont Boulevard have been limited since the specially designed bike lock-up poles, that stood in place of parking meter poles, were removed. In August of 2013 new credit card parking meters were installed at each parking spot, booting most of the bike racks off the boulevard.
The new Larchmont corral is located on the west side of the boulevard at 217 North Larchmont, just to the north of the City parking lot and in front of Burger Lounge and Larchmont Wine and Cheese. It has been installed on a striped no-parking spot on the street and has not displaced any automobile parking spots. The central location is right next to the northern pedestrian crosswalk, though this could prove troublesome during Sunday’s Farmers Market when that area is quite congested.
The Bicycle Corral program is a pilot program administered by the LADOT Bike Program which is installing 12 custom Dero Cyclestall Corrals in single auto parking spaces typically occupying only 20 feet of space, but supporting at least a dozen bikes. Other communities with bicycle corrals include Silver Lake, Echo Park, Highland Park, Atwater Village, Cypress Park, North Hollywood and The Arts District.
Read more about Larchmont Wine & Cheese and Flying Pigeon’s efforts behind getting the bike corral.