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City Might OK Corral for Bikes

The city considers a bike corral pilot program along York Boulevard in Highland Park

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    Although crime is dropping in Los Angeles, there is one glaring exception: bicycle thefts, which rose 29 percent last year, it was reported.

    In the space it takes to park one car -- or one-quarter of an Escalade -- up to 14 bicyclists have a place for their rides.

    That's the idea behind bike corrals -- use one on-street parking space as a modern-day hitching post for bicycles.

    Councilman Jose Huizar is asking the city to conduct a bike corral pilot program. The proposal cleared the Transportation Committee last week.

    The program would use a parking spots on York Boulevard, between 50th and 56th avenues in Highland Park. Huizar said the corrals provide a designated space for bikes, so cyclists won't have to compete with pedestrians, trees and outdoor diners for space.

    At last week's committee meeting, the city attorney said city code already allows for bike racks in the public right of way. Officials discussed the option of having property owners apply for permits to install corrals.