Four Bike Corrals Coming to Two Popular Venice Streets
By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch
Four on-the-street bike corrals that will convert automobile parking spaces into multi-bicycle parking hubs should be installed on two popular Venice streets by mid-year, a city official said Wednesday.
The city plans to install a 3 1/2-foot-tall public bicycle corral in a 34-foot long public right-of-way space at 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in front of The Otheroom bar, that can hold up to 18 bicycles. The bike corral would replace current curb-side vehicular parking and a “Two Hour Parking” sign will be replaced by a “Bicycle Parking” sign. Another bike corral that can hold up to 12 bikes is planned for the 24-foot passenger loading zone at 1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in front of the Gjelina Take Away pizza shop.
Two similar bike corrals that can provide parking for up to 12 bikes each have been slated for burgeoning Rose Avenue with bicycle parking planned on the street in front of 512 and 519 Rose Avenue.
“We’re finalizing the design and we’re missing one of the parts that we need to implement them,” said Michelle Mowery, senior bicycle coordinator with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, on Wednesday. “We have a maintenance agreement and the property owners are anxious to install the corrals.”
The city currently has two bike corrals installed with one at the Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake and the other on a popular stretch of York Avenue near North Avenue 50 in Eagle Rock, Mowery said. The bicycle corral project has been expanded this year with plans to have 10 bike corrals on city streets by the end of the fiscal year that ends in June, Mowery said.
The California Coastal Commission at its November meeting in Santa Monica unanimously approved the bike corrals in Venice when it approved a deputy director’s report that found the bike corrals do not require a coastal development permit.
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