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News - August 12, 2011

Around Town

FLOCK OF BICYCLES ... Residents don't have to walk (or bike) too far from City Hall to get a glimpse of Palo Alto's accelerating obsession with bicycle improvements. Its latest project isn't a new bike lane or a network of signs, but a green box painted on the road in front of Coupa Café on Ramona Street, half a block from City Hall. The box is the city's new "Bicycle Corral" and it occupies what was once a parking spot. The new corral includes a 10-bicycle rack and is one of myriad improvements recommended by the city's recently released Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, a document that aims at making the city America's top biking destination. City officials celebrated the new bike-parking spot with a special ceremony on Aug. 1. "If we want people to bike downtown then we need bike parking that is readily available and visible," Mayor Sid Espinosa said in a statement. City Manager James Keene publicly announced the new bike corral at last week's City Council meeting. "Those who know this section of Ramona know it's been very difficult to find a place to park one's bicycle when you're on that part of the street," Keene said.

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Posted by Occasional Cyclist, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I found this buried in the print section. I would like to see something like better bicycle parking much more prominently advertised and announced so that we know it is there. I find bicycle parking difficult around town so please publicise something new with a headline I can see.

Posted by more parking, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

If a single car parking space can be converted into 10 bicycle parking spaces, I expect that businesses will be lining up to get this done. That's space for 10 times as many customers essentially for free.

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