LADOT Converts Former Meters Into Bike Racks in Hollywood (Updated 12:49)

6_24_09_bike_rack.jpgPhoto: Eric Garcetti

(Update: We’re getting word that these racks have also popped up on Flower Street and Ventura Boulevard.  One person was so excited he wants to know where to send a "thank you" note to LADOT.  If you’re the first to send in a picture of meters in an area there’s a Streetfilms T-Shirt in it for you.  We’ll post a composite series on Friday)

In my first post of 2009, I asked readers what they wanted me to cover and discuss in the new year.  One reader pointed out that with the city’s change to meterless parking, a lot of bike parking was removed.  It may have taken half a year, but the LADOT has installed fifty-two of what their calling "meter hitches" on former parking meter polls on Hollywood Boulevard between LaBrea and Vine to create new bike parking. 

These new "hitches" have been used in other cities as they modernize their street parking so cyclists have as many places to park their bikes as before.  LADOT implied at last week’s Transportation Committee meeting that hundreds more of these "hitches" are just waiting to be put up.

A statement from Garcetti’s office is available after the jump.  If you see more of these racks pop up around the city please, let us know.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GARCETTI ANNOUNCES NEW BICYCLE PARKING IN HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD — In an effort to help Angelenos choose alternative modes of
transportation, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti today
announced the installation of more than 50 new bicycle racks on
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea and Vine.  Working with the city’s
Department of Transportation, Garcetti developed a pilot program that
transformed into bicycle racks parking meters made obsolete by the
city’s new Park-and-Pay system.

“This new program will provide more bicycle parking to make it easier
for residents and visitors who want to use bikes to get around the
neighborhood,” said Council President Garcetti.  “We want to make it
as easy and attractive as possible for people to ride a bike rather than
drive a car, especially for short trips.”

To expand bicycle parking capacity, the Los Angeles Department of
Transportation is installing “meter hitches” that convert the poles
of former parking meters into bike racks.  The racks have a central
vertical pole with two half circles extending outward on either side so
that multiple bicycle locks can clasp to the pole. On top of the pole is
a small metal sign of a bicycle, denoting the pole as bicycle parking.
(See attached photo.)  Fifty-two meter hitches were installed last night
as part of the first phase of the program.

"LADOT is encouraging people to stay healthy, and reduce traffic
congestion along with pollution, by taking advantage of the new bicycle
racks in Hollywood. Be sure to ride safely" said Rita L. Robinson, LADOT
General Manager.

10 thoughts on LADOT Converts Former Meters Into Bike Racks in Hollywood (Updated 12:49)

  1. Okay, What if they used that valuable real estate at the top of the pole to promote safe and secure bike locking techniques. The cyclist who locked the bike in the picture is going to lose some wheels! Just a thought.

  2. You’ll have to wait until I come back from my trip to NYC in July, but we’ll get you a Streetfilms t-shirt. They don’t have ones for LA Streetsblog (yet?). Email me your size…

  3. I do hope that person didn’t actually leave that bike locked up alone like that. I assume its posed for the photo. Cause in my neighborhood, the bike computer, trunk bag, pump, bottles and wheels would all be gone. And if the cable lock is the only lock used, The whole bike would be gone. too.

    I like that the bike has a ladot patch on it, great to see that bike parking might still live on.

  4. Genius! This actually looks like a really good idea and a well-executed one as well. Kudos go to those responsible for it.

    I’m saying all this prior to reading the inevitable report about profligate waste associated with this project, but until then – bravo!

  5. This replaces meters removed for the parking project? Does anyone know how many were removed? Is it a net gain or has our chocolate ration been increased to 25 grams per week?

  6. Methinks the pictured bike belongs to one of L.A.’s finest…

    Something about stealing a cops wheel just don’t sound like a good idea, even if you are low enough to steal bike parts in the first place!

  7. How long do you think it will take city hall to reinstall the meters and charge for bike parking?

  8. Heyhey, they put these up in Westwood Village too! I’m pretty happy about this, since the blue circle type bicycle racks were pretty scarce.

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