Ed Bedford 2:59 a.m., May 22
Add North Park and Coronado to the areas taking action to make the region more cyclist-friendly. Both cities have recently announced plans to install bicycle corrals, which repurpose automobile parking spaces to add space for bicycle commuters to store their bikes.
Hillcrest added the first bike corral in the region last May, converting a single parking space into a storage area for up to 12 cycles. Last November a workstation was installed to allow commuters to perform basic repairs, and the city of San Diego last year also announced plans to install expanded bike parking options downtown.
Last week, Coronado’s City Council voted 4-1 to install eight corrals along the Orange Avenue business district, Coronado Patch reports. The corrals will go in on a temporary basis at first, in order to gauge public perception, which some feel may be negative, as tensions already exist in Coronado (as with elsewhere in the region) between drivers and cyclists.
Even the co-owner of Holland’s Bicycles, a local bike shop, thought repurposing eight parking spots might be a bit much, proposing instead to start with two and expanding the program based on demand.
Two corrals turned out to be the winning number for North Park, as San Diego Uptown News reported earlier this week. Community reception there appears to trend much more toward the positive, as residents and the business community have embraced the idea, including the owners of Mosaic Wine Bar and the Toronado pub, who will both have new corrals installed outside their storefronts.
“We’ve been asking for these for 13 months,” North Park Main Street executive director Angela Landsberg tells UptownNews. The community already has one existing corral, at North Park Way and 30th Street.