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An Artistic Bike Rack Tour

Bike Rack

Simply put, if you’re riding a bike to a specific location and intend to stay or stop there for any period of time, having a bike rack for your bicycle is a necessity. Most bike racks are plain steel, twisted metal, or perhaps consist of a parking meter, a light pole, or anything that’s fixed for you to be able to lock your bicycle onto.

However, it doesn’t have to be like that at all; indeed the emerging trends are creative, flexible, and work to secure your bike while being artistically, and neighborhood friendly.

Sponsored in 1994-1995, by the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation, “The Bike Stops Here” project was funded with an $18,000 Cultural Trust Fund grant from the Community Redevelopment Agency. With the direct involvement of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), ten uniquely designed bike racks were installed in downtown Los Angeles.

So the next time you’re riding your bike downtown, try looking for an artistic bike rack, instead of the everyday ho-hum norm:

Grand Hope Park - Hope St.


China Town Library - Yale St. and College St.


LAPD Central Station - Corner of 6th St. & Maple Ave.


Geffen Contemporary Museum - 152 N. Central Ave.


LA Times Building - First St. & Spring St.


I’ve included a map so you can easily find them:

View Artistic Bike Racks in Los Angeles in a larger map

Although there are new bike racks planned for East Hollywood, they’re not installed yet.

515 South Flower St.

If you know about or have seen any unique bike racks in and around LA, please feel free to share them with us so we can feature them in one of our stories.

Grand Central Market - 304 S. Broadway

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LA Mall - 310 North Main St.

Cause after all is said and done, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the nation; and we comprise and represent various neighborhoods and people from all walks of life, ethnic groups, and our cultural landscape literally changes block by block.

City Hall East - Main St.

So join our project by submitting all the bike racks you can find in your neighborhood while Travelin’ Local, because living here is about having fun and then sharing it with your friends at the same time.

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