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You Want It? You Got It! How to Request a Bike Rack

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Is there a spot in the city of Los Angeles that you think would benefit from having a bike rack? The Eastsider explains that "anyone can recommend a bike rack location," and, if the city agrees with the choice, the rack goes in.The newly-installed inverted U-rack outside Silver Lake's Serifos is one example of a need being expressed, and met--although the shop owner Peter Choi says he isn't the one who made the call.

"[L.A's Department of Transportation Bike Program Senior Coordinator Michelle] Mowery does not know who requested the rack in front of Choi’s store but she said at least five new racks were recently installed in the area." Oftentimes, in following up on one request, the need for more in the vicinity is noted by the city employee, who arranges for other bike racks to go in at the same time.

The Bike Program will be installing about 400 of these racks each year; each one costs about $250 to purchase and install. Know where a rack is needed? Fill out the online request form, and see if you can make a little bike rack magic happen.