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City Exploring What to do about Abandoned Bicycles on City Racks

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By Danielle Directo, Special to LAistThe Department of Street Services doesn’t have the authority to remove abandoned bikes on the 3,000 city-owned bike racks in L.A., officials say. Many business owners complain about the eyesore of bicycle skeletons left on racks in front of their stores, but current laws don’t allow the city to touch them. During this week’s Transportation Committee meeting, cyclists suggested creating a system for bikes similar to car parking meters and time limit enforcements, and doing away with the ban on parking bikes on meters.

LADOT’s Michelle Mowery talked about the city’s plan to convert parking meters on Ventura Boulevard to accommodate bicycle parking. The item will be further discussed during this Wednesday’s Transportation Committee meeting, along with several other issues carried over from last week’s meeting.