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50 New Bike Racks Coming to Heart of NoHo

With each rack able to secure two bicycles, Lankershim Boulevard will see additional parking for 100 bikes arrive by the end of summer.

Lankershim Boulevard in NoHo will be getting 50 new bike lanes this summer. (Photo Credit: Arin Mikailian)
Lankershim Boulevard in NoHo will be getting 50 new bike lanes this summer. (Photo Credit: Arin Mikailian)
Fifty bike racks are slated to be installed along Lankershim Boulevard between Chandler Boulevard and Camarillo Street by the end of August, according to the city's transportation department.

The project came about after the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition solicited signatures from 16 NoHo Businesses that sought better parking for their cycling customers.

"LACBC wants to encourage people to ride their bikes to North Hollywood and park at these bike racks, which play a direct role in alleviating the demand that we see on car parking along the corridor," said Alek Bartrosouf, Campaign and Policy Manager for the biking coalition.

Each bike rack, which look likes an upside U, can secure two bicycles. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has already starting marking spots along the sidewalk as potential sites for the new racks.

Chad Hollingshead, a barista at Bob's Espresso Bar on Lankershim, says the bike racks will make it easier for frequent cyclers like himself to better enjoy NoHo.

"I think they're going to be great because people can park their bikes and walk up and down the street rather than bike up and down and try to find somewhere to park their bike or lock their bike up on the [parking] meters," he said.

Despite the announcement of new bike racks, there's still no word from the city whether bike lanes would be implemented on Lankershim.

Last month, the Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council voted to recommend Vineland Avenue over Lankershim to house bike lanes.

What are your thoughts on having new bike lanes on Lankershim?
Richard Risemberg July 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Bike lanes should go on Lankershim. That's where the destinations are--destinations that currently suffer from too much fast traffic that impedes access to them. Cyclists want to ride to arrive somewhere--typically businesses such as those on Lankershim that petitioned for the new bike parking. Pandering to cut-through drivers reduces quality of life, endangers other road users, and depresses business activity along a street, and costs a lot more in taxes than allocating a sliver of road to cyclists. Read more about it here: http://sustainablecitynews.com/rr69.html and here: http://bicyclefixation.com/bikebucks.html
Michael Higby July 23, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Agree with Richard. Lankershim is the logical choice for the bike lanes. Having been involved with the NoHo Arts District in the early days, via the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and later, the North Hollywood Community Forum, the plan was always for Lankershim to be a pedestrian friendly strip through the Arts District and to divert regular traffic off to Vineland and other more capable streets. It took many years but over time we did get SOME of the traffic calming measures, such as the median between Weddington and Magnolia, etc. We need more. Given the lack of parking, it makes total sense, when practical, for locals to ride to Lankershim businesses when they want to have a meal, see a play/movie, visit a gallery, work out, etc.
Bob Peppermuller July 23, 2013 at 03:16 PM
This is a backdoor ploy by the Bicycle Coalition to get the city to remove a traffic or parking lane from northbound Lankershim between Universal and Chandler instead of using Vineland as had been proposed. They can put all the bike racks in they want as long as the racks + bicycles together are ADA compliant i.e no obstruction to sidewalk movement.
LABornAndRaised July 23, 2013 at 05:37 PM
As a resident of NoHo, it wouldn't make sense to put bike racks on Vineland, especially on the West side of the street where it's just a thorough fare. Lankershim is the obvious choice. I don't feel passionate either way about what Blvd should have the bike lanes.
Laura July 23, 2013 at 05:40 PM
The bike racks are a great idea. I'm starting to think I need to get a bike.
larry July 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Bike parking is a very positive step in making No Ho village a complete destination area . Billions of dollars of private and government funds have been invested into the areas success With limited parking , allowing thousands of new visitors to ride into the area safely is a positive step in the right direction. With the new Universal Studios plan about to improve and widen Lankershim it would be counter productive to not take advantage of all that this project will bring to the No Ho area...
larry July 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Also on a real positive note, the Los Angeles river bike path has just been funded to the tune of 13.5 million dollars,and when it is completed it will connect Lankershim Blvd. to downtown via the river trail. With all the new parks and improvements that have been built on the river, and are slated to build, this would bring many more riders into No Ho and tourist dollars.
Ted Kriesel July 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By voting against bike lanes down Lankershim Blvd., the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, in my opinion is pandering to big auto special interest and have lost touch with what the community as a whole desires.
Those bike racks aregoing tobe a waste of money because there are know bikes on Lankershim . Plus the bussines. do not want a bike lane down Lankershim they want it to be on Vineland. Oh and the guy that works at Bob's Espresso Bar named Chad dose not ride a bike.

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