Request a Bike RackRelease Date: 2019-04-24
Ever wonder how a bike rack ends up where it does? In Long Beach, it all starts with one person: You.
That’s right, nearly all of the racks installed over the last few years were installed at the request of business owners and residents.
In general, more bike racks enable more convenient bicycling trips. Sidewalk racks are great for short term parking, which is why the City prefers to install in business districts and in front of shops. More eyes on the street and more passersby actually keep bikes safer.
While the City has identified certain areas for rack installation, riders and local business owners often have keen insight into locations in need of a bike rack. Therefore, the Long Beach Bike Rack Request Program allows for residents and businesses to request bike rack installation on City-owned public right-of-way. The City provides the rack and installation free of charge thanks to federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act TEA 21.
While you can request a rack for any location, racks can only be installed in certain places. They must be installed on public right-of-way (sidewalks are ideal) and in areas that serve businesses or are open to the public. They cannot be installed on private property, in front of residences, on sidewalks that do not provide at least 48 inches of clearance per the American with Disabilities Act, or on the grounds of public parks.
So, how can you request a bike rack?
1. Submit a request for installation on our website.
2. City staff review location details, including sidewalk clearance, ADA compliance, and right-of-way feasibility.
3. Once cleared, City staff install racks quarterly, with installations typically taking place in January, April, July, and October.