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Eyes on the Street: Downtown L.A. Has Three Great Bike Corrals

Downtown Los Angeles' first bike corral - in front of Blue Bottle Coffee. Really. Photos by Joe Linton
Downtown Los Angeles' first bike corral (really) in front of Blue Bottle Coffee. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Downtown Los Angeles' first bike corral - in front of Blue Bottle Coffee. Really. Photos by Joe Linton

A couple weeks ago, I reported that the great new bike corral on Main Street at 5th was the first in downtown Los Angeles. Commenter Steven White correctly pointed out that there are indeed two other on-street bike corrals in the Downtown Arts District. So although it is the first in the historic core, the Main Street corral wasn't the first downtown L.A. bike corral, nor was that my first or or likely to my last error to appear in writing.

I checked in with Elizabeth Gallardo, L.A. City Department of Transportation's (LADOT) assistant bicycle coordinator, and the brains behind LADOT's bicycle-friendly business programs. According to Gallardo, the the bike corral on Willow Street at Mateo Street was the first in downtown L.A., having been installed in October 2014. That corral serves and is sponsored by Blue Bottle Coffee's cafe at 582 Mateo Street.

Downtown L.A.'s third great bike corral in front of Pie Hole.
Downtown L.A.'s third great bike corral in front of Pie Hole.
Downtown L.A.'s third great bike corral in front of Pie Hole.

On June 15th, LADOT installed both the Main Street corral, sponsored by Peddler's Creamery, and a third corral on Traction Avenue at Hewitt Street, sponsored by The Pie Hole. The Main Street corral edged the Traction Avenue one out by a couple hours to claim the vaunted second-corral silver medal. 

These fine establishments clearly support L.A.'s bicyclists, so I encourage all of us bicyclists to support them!

And LADOT is still installing more corrals. Each bike corral replaces one on-street car parking space with space for about a dozen bicycles. If you want a bike corral in front of your business, follow the instructions found on LADOT People St.

Another shot of Pie Hole's bike corral
Another shot of Pie Hole's bike corral
Another shot of Pie Hole's bike corral

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