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At Long Last, City Will Install Bike Corral in Highland Park

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Photo of a bike corral in Vancouver, BC by roland via Flickr
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Approved by the City Council in April 2010, L.A.'s first official public bicycle corral will finally be installed in Highland Park. "A tentative date of February 18th at 9:00 AM has been set for the corral’s grand opening," says the LADOT Bike Blog.

The motion was first introduced by Councilman Jose Huizar, bicycle advocates and the Highland Park community were vocal in their support for the project, which has been funded by the business community and local neighborhood council as a pilot project.

A bike corral is a parking space converted to fit multiple bicycles. In this case, the design will include five of the city's "standard 'Inverted-U' racks" which "will be welded on a single steel track for simple installation on asphalt" and "be able to safely accommodate ten parked bicycles."

The corral will be installed at the corner of York Boulevard & Avenue 50, right in front of Cafe de Leche. The bike lanes already on York will "give 1 foot of distance between the edge of the bike corral and the bike lane in order to assure safety for both those riding in the lane and those parking their bikes."