Bike Unfriendly Place of the Week: Dodger Stadium

We’ve written before about some of the problems those brave few who bike to Dodger Stadium face.  This year we found that a bike rack had been installed and hoped things would be better.  After some decent early reviews from myself and the Militant Angeleno we discovered the biggest flaw with the new bike parking was nobody in the security and parking staff knew where it was and there was no mention of it on the Dodger website.

Months later, we discovered that not only is the bike parking the Dodger’s best kept secret, they also use the bike parking area as the smoking lounge.  Regular commenter Ubrayj02 enlightens us in the comments section from last week’s "Worst Bike Amenities" column:

The new bike racks at Dodger Stadium are surrounded by a gate during
games – as a place for visitors to hangout and smoke cigarettes. Yes,
the bike racks are smoking hot during games, and your bike will be
covered in ash and dust, and will have the faint aroma of an ash tray
after each game. It was a bitch to get my bakfiets clean after a game I
recently attended.

Smoking and cycling!  Two great things that go great together.  I know back east racing cyclists smoke to keep weight off during the winter, but out here in Los Angeles there’s just no excuse. 

Today marks the inaugural run of the Dodger Trolley, funded completely by the City of Los Angeles.  Fans of alternative transportation should rejoice that finally Major League Baseball’s only team named after a form of transit isn’t also the only team without a transit option to their Stadium.  However, the Dodgers still have a long way to go before anyone can associate the word "Green" with Dodgers Blue.

Customer service can be reached at 866-DOD-GERS.  Also, keep those submissions coming…

  • Amidst all the butts, smoke and ash, the stadium’s bike parking exudes a “take it or leave it” stank emanating from the Dodgers front office. Coincidentally, the first time my wife and I biked up there for a game in May, the gated area was without smokers and a security guard actually opened up the barrier for us to get our bikes in. After locking up, we were ushered without a bag search through what I gullibly believed was a special gate just for cyclists, but in reality is just the smokers exit/re-entry.

    I posted about the experience over at LA Metblog: http://la.metblogs.com/2008/05/23/biking-to-dodger-stadium/

  • I biked up there for the LA enviro night at the Dodgers. I just locked up at a pole right in front of the gate. Security did make me check my seat, but other than that it was alright. A bit of an unwanted adrenalin rush getting out of there with zillions of cars and pedestrians going every which way in the dark, and no clear place for a bicyclist, but it was way faster/easier than trying to drive a car out of that parking lot after a game.

  • I usually just lock it to one of the fences or handicap signs on the reserve level. Where are these bike racks? I dont want my baby covered in ash, and it would be especially bad if I had to watch my Dodgers lose. Personally though, I LOVE zipping through cars and pedestrians after the games, makes me feel like a true Dodger! haha

  • Hmmmm, Traffic Dodgers instead of Trolley Dodgers….

  • If the LAMC section 12.21.A.14 were amended to read “C, A, and M” zones then the dodgers would have to provide 325 bicycle parking spaces (2% of their car parking spaces).

    Any councilperson want to wring this alternative transit victory out of the Dodgers? We’re paying for their shuttle, we should get something out of it.