Disney Hall as Bike Unfriendly?
Photo: jaypen g
so when talking to one of the music center bike cops, asking if we did have bike parking in the garage, he told me that they didn't and they would most likely not allow bike parking anywhere around the building because aesthetically it wouldn't go. huh? so, i don't have a place to lock up my bike when i go to see the l.a. phil or something at redcat because frank ghery didn't design a bike rack to go with the building? because the board of trustees see bikes as eye sores? well, why not just add racks to the back of the building, like at 2nd and hope or 1st and hope? this would keep the bikes from the front of the building where everyday i see happy tourists posing for the same picture in front of the main entrance. or what about inside the parking garage? out of sight, out of mind. right now, when cyclist come to see a show here they are locking their bikes up to the skinny trees along 2nd, the fence to the parking lot across the street or the railings inside the lobby. how is that functional? how is that a way to get people on their bikes?
In our experience, we find that quite a few parking garages have bicycle racks, but lack the signage informing you of it. At the Sherman Oaks Galleria, there are racks, but they are tucked in corner blocked by a wall near the valet area. The only way we found out was by asking a security guard.