Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and his Council Colleauges unanimously voted to approve an ordinance that will increase the quantity, quality and type of bicycle parking throughout Los Angeles.
The Bicycle Parking Ordinance establishes bicycle parking requirements for new industrial, commercial and multi-family development. The ordinance defines two general categories of bicycle parking: short-term for retail type destinations and long-term designed more for employees or residents of multi-family dwellings. Design standards and siting requirements further ensure that bicycle parking will be safe, secure and accessible.
Many bike advocates applaud the details in the ordinance — such as incorporating design standards, where to put bike parking, and how to increase visibility so bike racks are not hidden in the back of a building (source).
Safe and secure bicycle parking was an idea that was first proposed by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, chair of the Transportation Committee.
“This is a huge milestone in further establishing cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation in this City. If you were to travel by car and knew at the end of the trip there was a high probability that your car would be vandalized or stolen you would think twice about making that trip. The same rule applies to those who travel by bicycle. And just as we have automobile parking standards for private development, we will now have bicycle parking standards for private development. It’s about equity and encouragement. You simply can’t expect people to travel by bicycle unless you provide safe, secure and available bicycle parking at the end of the trip.”
“What is also noteworthy about the Bicycle Parking Ordinance is the collaborative effort that took place between my office, the LACBC, the UCLA Urban Planning Graduate Program and of course our partners in City Planning and LADOT who all came together in this collaborative effort. A big thanks to former LACBC Policy Director Alexis Lantz and especially Rye Baerg, MA Urban Planning, UCLA, who took this project on as a graduate student.”
Bill Rosendahl, 11th District
The ordinance will now go to the Mayor to sign into law.
Learn more about the ordinance — and why livable streets advocates say this policy is important for LA — over on Streetsblog.