Giving another boost to bicycle users in Los Angeles, the City Council has approved a new ordinance that establishes bicycle parking requirements for new industrial, commercial and multi-family development in the city.
Proponents say the law will
increase the quantity, quality and type of bicycle parking offered throughout Los Angeles.
The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the council, defines two general categories of bicycle parking: short-term for retail type locations and long-term, designed more for employees or residents of multi-family dwellings. Design standards and location requirements will help ensure that bicycle parking will be safe, secure and accessible, said a spokesperson for Councilman Bill Rosendahl.
“This is a huge milestone in further establishing cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation in this city,” said Rosendahl, the chair of the council’s Transportation Committee. “If you were to travel by car and knew at the end of the trip there was a high probability that your car would be vandalized or stolen, you would think twice about making that trip. The same rule applies to those who travel by bicycle.”
Bike advocates have applauded the ordinance for incorporating design standards, the locations identified for bike parking, and for its measures to improve bike rack visibility at various sites.
“It’s about equity and encouragement. You simply can’t expect people to travel by bicycle unless you provide safe, secure and available bicycle parking at the end of the trip,” Rosendahl said.
The councilman praised the collaborative effort involving his staff, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the UCLA Urban Planning Graduate Program and representatives of City Planning and the Department of Transportation.